Wednesday 31 December 2008
Just a year ago when I was writing the first of these features for All Things Local, it was great to report that over 50,000 people had visited The Ritz. Now with the latest figures I have show that the success has continued with over 100,000 admissions since we opened - so from all of us at The Ritz - a big, big "thank you".
What a year 2008 has been. Here are just a few personal memories:
The first 'Ritzy Awards' in June, our own version of The Oscars, when the red carpet and our guests arriving in evening dress brought a little bit of Leicester Square to King Street, Belper. I also remember my hangover the following day - but that's another story! We were amazed that so many of our 'Ritzy' award winners emailed us from around the world saying they would visit The Ritz when they were next filming in the UK. There were people singing and dancing in the aisles during the run of Mamma Mia! Just the other week, the audience were leaving the cinema stunned into silence after watching the last few minutes of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
So what can we look forward to in 2009? Well a few films caught my eye. FIrstly, Valkyre, a thriller based on actual events as German generals hatch a plot to assassinate Hitler at the height of WWll, Tom Cruise stars.
A new Woody Allen film is always an event and Vicky Christina Barcelona, a romantic comedy set in Spain stars Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz. Spring and early summer sees the start of the blockbuster season with Star Trek Xl; Ben Stiller returns in Night at the Museum 2. There's a new Terminator film - Christian Bale stars as John Connor in Terminator Salvation.
There's also Ice Age lll and the much delayed Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince along with our usual mix of other films. We hope there's something for everyone.
So from Amanda & Neil, Catherine, myself and all The Ritz boys and girls - have a safe and happy Christmas and a great 2009.
Sunday 21 December 2008
We've also finished adding and updating the rest of the regular feature pages including Upbeat - our round up of community police news and our regular hill walking route - Up Hill, Down Dale.
So please head over to our website now. Catch up with both editions online.
Issue 10 - Village Edition of All Things Local - click here
Issue 2 - Belper Edition of All Things Local - click here
Upbeat Community Police news from both editions - click here
Hill Walk - Harboro & Rainster Rocks, Derbyshire - click here
Friday 19 December 2008
All Things Local is a community magazine that is distributed to 9,000 homes in the Kilburn and surrounding Derbyshire area. Belper now has its own edition that is also distributed to 9,000 Belper homes.
Earlier this evening (about 10 minutes ago actually), Issue 10 of the Village Edition and Issue 2 of the Belper Edition - updates started to be added to the All Things Local website.
Updates so far include:
Word on Wine - This issue - Elysium Black Muscat
Recipe - This issue - Fig Tart served with Honey Ice-Cream
Jessica's Column - This issue - Christmas is coming
New Column - for the Belper Edition - Christina's Column - the french exchange
It's a Dogs Life - Scrambles the Cairn Terrier says Merry Christmas to a few 4 legged friends
We'll be back with more updates and hopefully the full printed editions online later this weekend.
Jonathan - All Things Local Webmaster.
Tuesday 16 December 2008
Jonathan - the All Things Local webmaster here - just writing to let you all know that Issue Issue 10 of the Village Edition and Issue 2 of the Belper Edition of All Things Local, were delivered from the 1st of December.
However, due to a high seasonal workload, its taking us a few more weeks to get everything ready for putting these new editions online.
Apologies for the delay - we're working as quickly as we can to get those 2 new editions live just as soon as we can.
In the meantime, you can catch up with all the latest from Issue 9 (the first Village Edition) and Issue 1 of the new Belper Edition over at our website - www.allthingslocal.co.uk
Monday 3 November 2008
Since then, of course, we've seen the clocks go back, and the fireworks begin. I do hope our resident doggy correspondent Scrambles isn't too frightened of the bangs and whistles that seem to go on for longer each year.
Well I'll be back with a new post very shortly - just wanted to stop by for now and wish everyone a safe Bonfire Night.
Thursday 2 October 2008
Not only has our website had a complete makeover thanks to our web designer, but we've also published a second edition especially for Belper itself.
From now on, the All Things Local community magazine will be published in 2 editions - the Village Edition (9,000 copies) serving Holbrook, Lower Kilburn, Coxbench, Morley, Duffield, Milford, Kilburn, Denby, Horsley Woodhouse, Horsley, Smalley and Little Eaton and the new Belper Edition which will be delivered to 9,000 homes in Belper itself.
Of course, you'll be able to catch up with both editions over at our website - All Things Local .co.uk.
The makeover of the website has made it easier for visitors to find the features and information that interests them the most as well as showcasing our new Belper Edition.
New regular features include a hill walk in Up Hill, Down Dale and Jessica's Column - Jessica taking Sam's place as our school correspondent for the next year. Read what she has to say about the Eurovision Song Contest.
We'll be back soon with more news of Issue 9 and the new Belper edition being online.
Friday 26 September 2008
Two cannibals eating a clown. One says to the other "Does this taste funny to you?"
Two Eskimos siting in a kayak were chilly. They lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it.
Two fat blokes in a pub, one says "Your round". The other one says "So are you, you fat slob!"
Two Aerials meet on a roof - fall in love - get married. The ceremony was rubbish but the reception was brilliant.
A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet. "My dog's cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for him?" "Well," says the vet, "let's have a look at him". So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then he checks his teeth. Finally, he says "I'm going to have to put him down." "What? Because he's cross-eyed?" "No, because he's really heavy".
Issue 9 will soon be out so remember to visit our website where you can read each and every edition plus all the regular features, competitions, special online competitions where you could win a personalised photo jigsaw and more.
Thursday 28 August 2008
The auditions will be from 7pm till 9pm on Monday 6th October in the Methodist Schoolroom on Chapel Street, Kilburn.
All age-groups are welcome but those under 11 must be accompanied throughout.
Stargazers needs actors, singers, dancers, acrobats, musicians and generally anyone who loves making an exhibition of themselves!
Ray comments: "It is helpful if those auditioning could bring a piece of performance with them that they have already prepared, for instance a song or series of jokes to tell or a dance, but I will provide something if they come empty handed."
Ray continues: "we welcome beginners and we always do our best to get everyone into the show, whatever their skills might be."
This is the start of a build-up to the performances of Aladdin during the half-term week in February 2009 at John Flamsteed Community School, Denby.
Anyone with queries can call Ray on 01332 882200.
(taken from page 73 of issue 8 - All Things Local)
Saturday 23 August 2008
Tuesday 19 August 2008
Duffield & The Chevin - A walk that explores the countryside to the north of Duffield. The route runs along the top of the Chevin and has views of two contrasting valleys, before reaching the outskirts of Duffield.
The return route visits the River Ecclesbourne before climbing uphill to Hazelwood Hill.
Time this walk right and as long as you take a suitable container, you could return with a good supply of blackberries.
Start: Lay-by on Farnah Green Road opposite turning to Hazelwood (SK 3369 46311)
Route: Firestone - North Lane - Chevin End - Duffield - River Ecclesbourne - Hazelwood Hill - Firestone
Map: Explorer OL 259: Derby
Distance: 4.75 miles
Terrain: Good paths that can be overgrown in Summer
Refreshments: None on route but plenty available in Duffield
Toilets: None on route.
A full description can be found on pages 40 and 41 of Issue 8 - All Things Local
Thursday 7 August 2008
We've been busy out and about distributing Issue 8 (August/September 2008 edition) whilst our web designer has been busy updating those regular features in the magazine that have their own slot on our website.
We're just waiting for the Issue 8 disc back from the printers to bring you Issue 8 in full, page by page, but in the meantime, why not enjoy these Issue 8 regulars now available online at http://www.allthingslocal.co.uk
A Day in the Life - Issue 8 features Paul Winfield - the projectionist at the Ritz Cinema, Belper, who talks us through some of the films he's looking forward to seeing at The Ritz during August and September.
Recipe Page - Issue 8 recipe is Panacotta with Roasted Strawberries, Orange and Vanilla from the head chef at the Fox and Hounds, Coxbench.
Word on WIne - Issue 8 has a review of Marsannay 2004/2006 Louis Latour, Burgundy by Chair of Kilburn Wine Circle - Anne Kennedy.
Sam's Column - Sam, our school correspondent writes his last article for All Things Local as he prepares for sixth form. Here, he looks back over an eventful year.
Upbeat - Our new Police Community Support Officer - John Midgley, together with his colleague Paula Johnson report back for All Things Local readers.
and our fantastic new regular columns...
It's a Dogs Life - Scrambles the Cairn Terrier - possibly one of the most unusual correspondents we've ever had talks about that thing humans call agility training.
Life with V - New columnist Valerie Spencer Becks from Belper, takes time off from her wedding cakes to give her take on the latest mobile phones.... if only you could call someone on them!
Friendship Blooms - Pat Whetton - teaching assistant at Kilburn Junior School gets nominated by Nicola Wainwright.
plus... competition winners from Issue 7 updated, Community contacts and What's on all updated.
Sunday 3 August 2008
Issue 8 - (August / September 2008) is now being added to the website.
All the regular features and columns are now updated with previous issues archived for instant viewing.
We're just waiting for the issue disc from the Printers to add the whole of Issue 8 to the website.
In the meantime, check out the last Sam's column as Sam leaves school - we wish him well on his journey through life - and our people in the news features local Belper cinema - Ritz Cinema - projectionist with his news of the big summer films for the holidays as well as a locally filmed epic starring Keira Knightley.
Well we'll be back with other columns that don't have a regular column slot on the website soon.
Saturday 19 July 2008
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