Wednesday 31 December 2008

What's on at the Belper Ritz

The View from the Projection Box with Ritz Cinema (Belper) projectionist Paul Winfield...

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

All Things Local - Issue 10 Village Edition and Issue 2 Belper Edition now live online

Just a note to let you all know that All Things Local - the community magazine for Kilburn and Belper (Derbyshire) areas has just finished the updates to its popular website and made Issue 10 (village edition) and Issue2 (Belper edition) available to read online.

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

Issue 10 All Things Local starts going live - at last!

Hi and a warm hello to the All Things Local online audience.

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
Competition Winners
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

sorry for the delay in getting issue 10 online

Hi Everyone.

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 -

Monday 3 November 2008

Crikey - a month since last post

Can you believe how time seems to fly by these days. It doesn't seem 5 minutes ago that we were sharing with you the fantastic news of our brand new Belper Edition of All Things Local 'hitting the streets' as well as issue 9 of our 're-branded' Village Edition of All Things Local, also being published and delivered at the same time.

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

New Village and Belper Editions of All Things Local

We've been very busy at All Things Local - the community magazine updating our website with all the new regular features from Issue 9 of the printed magazine which started being distributed last weekend.

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

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

Make me smile....(part 2)

We had lots of comments about the recent 'Cooperisms' we published here earlier so here's just a couple more taken from Issue 8 of All Things Local (see page 18).

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.

and finally......

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

Stargazers Drama Group - Aladdin auditions

Ray Rippingale, the chair of Stargazers Drama Group is appealing for residents of Kilburn, Denby and Horsley or anyone who has a strong connection with these villages (maybe through attending one of the schools) to attend auditions for the annual traditional pantomime - Aladdin.

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

Issue 8 now available online

Issue 8 is now available to read online at All Things

All 84 pages of issue 8 - August/September 2008 are available to read as pdf files.

Please click here to review all 84 pages in thumbnail format.

Tuesday 19 August 2008

Duffield & The Chevin - walk

Issue 8 of All Things Local features a delightful walk supplied by Angela Clarke of Belper.

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

Some Issue 8 Updates you may have missed

Hi and welcome back to the All Things Local Blog - All Things Local:- the Community Magazine for the Kilburn and Belper areas in Derbyshire, UK.

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

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 of All Things Local is now out

We just wanted to update you with the latest news from All Things Local - the community magazine for the Kilburn and Belper area, Derbyshire.

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

Advertisement Booking Deadlines announced

The Advertisement booking deadlines have just been updated on the All Things Local website.

They are: 
Issue - October/November 2008 - Booking deadline: Friday 5 September 2008

Issue - December/January 2009 - Booking deadline: 31 October 2008

Issue - February/March 2009 - Booking deadline: 2 January 2009

Issue - April/May 2009 - Booking deadline: 6 March 2009

Issue - June/July 2009 - Booking deadline: Friday 1 May 2009

Issue - August/September 2009 - Booking deadline: Friday 3 July 2009

More details can be found on our website - click here to find out more.

Monday 7 July 2008

Make me smile....

Did you know that All Things Local has a regular humour spot?

Issue 7 had a great page of Cooperisms - worthy of the great Tommy Cooper himself... here's just a taster of what you're missing out on, on page 26 of issue 7 of All Things Local.

Click here to visit Page 26 now (presented in pdf format).

From Make Me Smile:
"This lorry full of tortoises collided with a van full of terrapins. It was a turtle disaster"

"This policeman came up to me with a pencil and a piece of very thin paper. He said, "I want you to trace someone for me."

"I phoned the local gym and i asked if they could teach me how to do the splits. He said, "How flexible are you?" I said, "I can't make Tuesdays or Thursdays."

Wednesday 2 July 2008

Last reminder of booking deadlines for Issue 8

My how the weeks are flying by! Already the deadlines for Issue 8 of All Things Local are nearly upon us.....

Deadlines for August/September 2008 Edition:
Advertisement bookings: Friday 4th July
Advertisement copy: Friday 11th July.

For more information, please visit our Advertisers information page by clicking here.

Tuesday 1 July 2008

Kilburn Community Association - Welcomes New Members

The committee of Kilburn Community Association (KCA) is made up of representatives of various groups using Kilburn Village Hall.

These include the Wine Circle, Church, Whist Club, Self Defence classes, dance classes, elderly luncheon club, childminders, stay 'n' play, yoga, keep fit and several independent members that are interested in the hall and community.

There is also representation from the parish council as well as a caretaker and the editor of Kilburn News (which is paid for by KCA).

Many members have been attending for several years and after 17 years of doing an excellent job, Jean Frost has decided to retire as treasurer.

The KCA are now looking for a replacement for Jean.... read more by clicking here to visit page 76 of issue 7 of All Things Local - Community Magazine.

Sunday 29 June 2008

Issue 7 online updates completed

Hi readers!

We just wanted to let you know that the rest of our regular online features have now been updated with issue 7's stories.

Sams Column - Sam is a pupil at John Flamsteed School
Competitions - Our Issue 7 Competition winners and your chance to win a personalised photo jigsaw (courtesy of Fabulous Photo Gifts) in our great online competition every month!
Recipe - Award winning Head Chef Gary Malcolm from the Fox & Hounds, Coxbench, shows us Grilled Sea Bass Fillets with a Crab and Potato Salad served with a Dill Butter Sauce and Mussels.

Cromford Canal & High Peak Trail walk - issue 7

Cromford Canal & High Peak Trail - a walk supplied by Angela Clarke of Belper -

Our new regular walk feature which we hope many of you get to try and enjoy.

A walk that explores parts of Derbyshire's industrial heritage whlst also giving stunning and wide-ranging views that include Crich Stand, Carsington Reservoir and the Derwent Valley.

Initially following the Cromford Canal, which is now a nature reserve, the route then climbs through leafy Birch Wood....

To read the full article and for full route details, please click here to view page 36 (.pdf) of Issue 7 of All Things Local.

View from the Projection Box - issue 7

The View from the Projection Box with Ritz Cinema Projectionist Paul Winfield (pictured).

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are with us again, hopefully! We have some great films coming to The Ritz. But first let me make you an offer you can't refuse, because for two performances only we have one of the greatest films ever made, The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola's epic mafia family saga.

If you've only ever seen it on TV or DVD take this chance to see it as the Director intended on our big panavision screen.

Filmed on location in Australia, Nims Island is a warm-hearted family comedy set on a magical island ruled by a young girl's imagination - Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin star.

Dennis Quaid stars in erudite comedy Smart People along with Sarah Jessica Parker - more about Sarah later.....

To read the entire article from Issue 7 of All Things Local, click here to view page 69 in pdf format. There'll be more from Paul next issue.

Wednesday 25 June 2008

Issue 7 updates start to appear

A little later than normal, we've started to make available online the updated features and columns from our special 1st anniversary edition of All Things Local.

In addition to adding earlier the entire issue 7 to view in pdf format, over the weekend we also updated the following:

Upbeat - our regular column from our Community Policeman.
Word on Wine - our regular wine review - this time - Champagne!
A Day in the Life - Pauline Latham, OBE - Mayor of Derby

And we've added some new regular columns....
Life with V - the quirky side of life
It's a Dogs Life - our smallest correspondent - Scambles the Cairn Terrier
Friendship Blooms - nominate someone special to receive a bouquet

We'll also be re-homing our popular RSS feed over to Feedburner so that our regular subscribers can keep up with all the updates in one simple service.

If you'd like to subscribe to our RSS feed and keep up to date, then please click on the link at the top of this page and subscribe now.

We'll be back with more news, updates and our blog will continue to grow as we add more features and options to the RH info panel.

Monday 2 June 2008

Welcome to the All Things Local Blog

Hi and Welcome to the All Things Local Blog.

All Things Local is the Community Magazine for the Kilburn and Belper area (Derbyshire), with 9,000 copies being distributed every two months.

Published by local people, featuring news and stories about the local people and businesses.

To celebrate our 1st anniversary, we're starting this Blog to include all the stories and features that don't make it onto our website - All Things Local.

We'll be building the features and stories over the coming weeks so come back soon.

Webmaster - All Things Local.