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Nature’s Banquet – to be a forager


Autumn is upon us. Keats’s “season of mist and mellow fruitfulness” is my favourite time of year described in one of my favourite poems. It’s the season when everything is fruiting and the leaves are starting to turn. This year … Continue reading

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RIP Gunner Billy Miller 30/10/1893 – 21/9/17


  I’ve been researching my family tree for almost a decade now. I’ve tracked the family back in Yorkshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire to the 18th century. Its not generally a tale of glamour – just good honest folk (in the … Continue reading

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Belief, Proof and the Ashbourne Vultures


Recently I went away to Norfolk and…watched birds. I have Tried Ashbourne First for my birding and spent plenty of happy hours at Carsington too. Please carry on reading because this isn’t a column about birds per se – it’s … Continue reading

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April 24th – Fashion Revolution Day


On April 24th, around the world, people will be looking closely at their clothing thanks to our very own Carry Somers, owner of Pachacuti. This is something which is accessible to all of us. It’s not often that we look … Continue reading

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What’s the deal with Fairtrade Towns?


The welcome signs to Ashbourne proclaim that it is a FairTrade town. It is something I’ve never even thought about before and subconsciously I’ve responded in my head with “Who isn’t” or “So what”. In fact, the Fair Trade designation … Continue reading

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Auntie Ruby and her perfect Yorkshire pudding recipe


Haylee Slater’s lovely piece below, “Six lessons my Great-Grandmother taught me about life”, inspired me to pass on a single lesson my Auntie Ruby taught me. Yorkshire puddings are an essential part of a traditional British Sunday roast dinner. Many … Continue reading

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iPads for Business – my experience


Around two years ago I bought an iPad. I’m a gadget freak and had my fair share of iPods, iPod touch, iPhones etc. It was a natural progression but, if I’m honest, I didn’t really get what the ipad is … 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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When we wake on November 16th: Derbyshire’s (Ashbourne’s) new Police and Crime Commissioner


On November 15th we will be voting for the election of Derbyshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner. This is an important decision and yet the publicity has not been widespread. It may be that the lack of publicity reflects public … Continue reading

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A life through curry… from Birmingham to The Bengal


I had my first curry in 1983. My home town in North Yorkshire only offered fish and chips or takeaway chinese so I was in my late teens when I finally succumbed. For those of you who can’t quite picture … Continue reading

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