About

Fond of family, country life, food, mornings, and beauty. I can find interest and humour in just about anything.

With a good, solid, Yorkshire-market-town, Methodist upbringing I should be a shrewd, God-fearing, upstanding citizen. Instead I turned my back on them all, incorporated the good and left the bad behind.

I am interested in, and have things to say about, cricket, beer, modern novels, painting, the Blues (music not Birmingham City), guitars, the economy, Ashbourne, markets, history, genealogy, marketing and sales, Social Media and Social Networking, Margaret Thatcher, cooking, religion, politics, education, birds, football, American football, wine, the Olympics, gadgets, management, weather, travel, philosophy, design and popular culture. Just don’t expect me to agree with you.

I have nothing to add about fashion, DIY or celebrities.

This blog is about me and my life in and around the fine town of Ashbourne. I’m just a bloke really. I have no political, commercial or organisational ties to declare… just opinions and ideas. Please follow my blog and I’d love to hear your comments and additions to debate.

I’m very happy to try and answer any questions you may have about Ashbourne. If I don’t know the answer myself I’ll try and find out. So if you are thinking of visiting or you are already here and have a burning question you are struggling to Google – drop me a line and I’ll do my best to get you an answer within 24 hours.

I’m on Twitter through @greencontact discussing contact centres and social media. As @ashbournevoice I will follow back anyone in the Midlands but particularly in Derbyshire and Ashbourne.

9 Responses to About

  1. aFrankAngle says:

    Nice meeting you and thanks for visiting my little corner of the world. Meanwhile, I’ll return to look around.

  2. Tony says:

    Many Thanks for following my blog. I hope you enjoy it and do keep up the good work your end.

  3. mushywalnut says:

    Thanks for reading my blog post and the follow.

  4. simon682 says:

    Many thanks for the re-blog. I’m planning a series of A-Z visits to towns and villages throughout the East Midlands. I’ve picked Ashbourne for A partly because I’ve never been there and I ought to have been. Any suggestions of things I ought to see?

    • No problem – I love it when people write about our area. Ashbourne has some great independent shops – particularly antiques, galleries, tea rooms, gifts and ladies clothes at the moment. Some good pubs with the Smiths Tavern being particularly good for its beer. There is a Heritage Centre if you are interested in the history of the town. The main street with its bunting and Georgian architecture is the signature of the town. If you time it right the Street Fest during the Ashbourne Festival is a great day out with all sorts of international street theatre shows happening around the streets. The other big day of the summer is the Highland Gathering with pipe bands and Highland Sports. I’ll keep my eyes peeled. Question is will it be Belper, Bakewell or Buxton next? I’m Assuming Ashby de la Zouche for the Z?

      • simon682 says:

        Thank you very much. I believe market day is a Thursday. I don’t drink anymore so I won’t be calling for a pint. I will probably be over indulging in food though. The town features strongly in The Compleat Angler. Do you know of any other literary or cultural connections? I’ll be visiting before the festival or Highland gathering but may have to make a return visit to catch one or the other.

  5. Sharron. says:

    When did the Radeleigh ?Homes get approval to build off Wyaston rd? Apparently the road is being closed in coming days for the developers to start digging up the roads…also they have been advertising “luxury new homes” on the a52 just by MacDonalds ( sign has been up for over a month). I thought I understood that planning had been revoked for now, as the priority to build and renovate is in our brown field areas.?

    Sounds like the bulldozers are rolling in to destroy Ashbournes fields, hedges and country roads next week!

    The towns people have been ignored it seems and our heritage fields and free spaces discarded for “luxury” houses, something the towns folk looking for houses just don’t need or can afford. My daughter and her age group ( primary schools are creaking at the seams with young people) will need affordable houses and employment. Surely injecting the brown field sites and industrial estate with better infrastructure and lovely but affordable housing is what is best for Ashbourne?

    • Hi Sharron,

      Couldn’t agree with you more. Sadly the site off Wyaston Road was rejected but in October 2013 the developers Lone Star successfully appealed. They were successful in arguing that, since Derbyshire Dales don’t have a valid local plan they can’t guarantee the necessary housing supply for the next five years and therefore they had to accept ANY application which met the basic criteria. DDDC decided not to take it any further to avoid wasting money on an appeal they couldn’t win. Where that leaves all the other applications who knows? They have replaced the original promised Affordable Housing with Section 106 payments to DDDC. There are millions of pounds already paid off the back of Ashbourne projects but Ashbourne never sees the benefit. The three trees that were cut down border the application for Leys Farm but were cut down to make sure there is room for the road expansion need for the opposite side of the road.

      The Local Plan is in tatters due to the basis used by DDDC for estimating demand for housing. Our best hope is that the Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan is approved and defends us.

  6. sandradan1 says:

    Hi Paul, thanks for finding and following my Spanish blog, and Merry Christmas! SD

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