Archive for April, 2013

Wagtail bath time

A pied wagtail, photos by John FS

Contemplating a bath

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A muddy walk

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A good bath

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That feels better

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Click on photos to enlarge

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Ashbourne Community Transport

A message to local groups and individuals from Ashbourne Community Transport:

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Dear Local Groups,

We would like to introduce our services. We have 12 wheelchair accessible vehicles available for hire for trips out etc. during the week, evenings and weekends. Our vehicles range from 12 seats to 16 seats.  (more…)

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Tennis Club AGM on Friday


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Bungee Jumping at the Pub on Wednesday

Update: If you are thinking about doing a bungee jump on Wednesday can you let Janet (390212) know, as the event will be cancelled if there is not sufficient demand.

The World’s Highest Mobile Bungee

Sycamore Inn

6 to 8pm  Wednesday 1st May

Jump for free if you raise £60 or more sponsorship. Money raised beyond the cost of the jump will be for the Air Ambulance Service (click here for a sponsorship form).  (more…)

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In Thursday’s County Council elections the following are standing in the Dovedale division:

(Ballidon and the rest of Pikehall are in the Wirksworth division, click here for the list of candidates for the Wirksworth division)

What is important to you in these elections?  (more…)

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May Film

2013 May Film


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Hello Possums

A letter intended for president Obama, containing the deadly poison ricin, has been intercepted by security agents and marked return to sender. Paul Curtis, a deluded Elvis impersonator from Mississippi, admitted the offence, saying he believed he had elvisuncovered a government conspiracy to sell transplant organs on the black market. We asked his attorney if he was confident of an acquittal, and he said, “Let’s put it this way, I sincerely hope that he has ‘Jailhouse Rock’ in his repertoire“.

rockHeavy metal music is the secret to successfully growing strong healthy disease resistant plants, according to a leading gardening specialist. Black Sabbath is a particular greenhouse favourite that has them rocking in their pots. Alas there are no congratulations for the evergreen Peter Pan of pop, Cliff Richards, as his horticultural audience all perished, not even the young ones survived. Plants that were serenaded by Sir Tom Jones did exceptionally well, but apparently it’s not unusual.


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