The Baronets Diary

Written By - Sir Richard Ranulph FitzHerbert, 9th Baronet.

Baronets Diary April 2018 - Features Include, Tis a glorious game, Hail to thee, stone of Cawdor and more

The annual luncheon for Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football is a triumph for the Derbyshire Dales District Council and all the staff at the Leisure Centre. With over 400 hungry mouths to feed in an 80-minute window it is a feat that defies logic every year that I attend. This Shrove Tuesday the turner-up was the serving Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Willie Tucker and he made an amusing and anecdotal speech thanking the Committee for giving him the honour of turner-up and explaining that his post was to represent the Queen in the county as well as upholding the dignity of the Crown. The usual hustle and bustle ensued as Willie was escorted to the plinth and the game began promptly at 2pm with a heaving mass of over 200 in the first ‘hug’........

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Baronets Diary March 2018 - Features Include, Everything is better in purple, Raise your game and more

My travels around the County take in many sights and scenes, such as the many wonderful views from the A515 road to Buxton, the splendour of the parkland at Chatsworth, the stunning walk that is Dovedale and the hedges and grazing fields of the farmland south of Ashbourne... but it was this view that made me stop the car and take a photograph. The silage bags on the side of the road at Ambergate made me smile. Often one passes stacks of black, white and even pink bags of silage neatly piled by careful farmers, but these took the biscuit! They are on the road between Ambergate and the A38 roundabout but hurry if you want to see them, they could have been fed to the cattle by now!.......

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Baronets Diary February 2018 - Features Include, The roll of the dice, Family fortunes and more

Like most workplaces every year we treat the staff to a Christmas party in December. This year we decided to host our party at the Hall combining the House staff with the Herbert’s tearooms team. With over 40 in the Main Hall we did something different and hired in some gaming tables with croupiers and gave each participant £4,000 to save, gamble or give away at the tables over the evening. The prize of a bottle of champagne was awarded to the person who had the most money at the end and a plucky Louise emerged victorious with £127k at the end of the night despite the attentions of Daisy Dachshund on the blackjack table! An amusing evening with some sore heads the next morning!.......

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Baronets Diary January 2018 - Features Include, Antique visitors, Belle 2017 and guess who’ll be flying in next year and more

During the fortnight that we opened to visitors for our Christmas ‘Beauty & the Beast’ exhibition in early December we received a film crew from the BBC1 programme ‘Bargain Hunt’. Tissington has featured on the show before when former host Tim Wonnacott commented on various items in the house and library as a filler between the bargain–hunting couples. This time the Hall was to feature as the backdrop for the opening and closing sequences of the Christmas Special and host Anita Manning was filmed not only sleeping in Belle the Beauty’s bed but also encountering a special visitor at the library fireplace later on that evening.......

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Baronets Diary December 2017 - Features Include, Derbyshire Dales Council News, A Risk In Derbyshire and more

The vacancy for a Councillor on the Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC), due to the resignation of Phil Chell in the Ashbourne South ward, brought about a by-election in the last week of October. The increasing size of the ward due to new housing resulted in the decision for local Councillors to leaflet constituents to help Conservative candidate and local businessman Dermot Murphy in his efforts to claim the seat. I duly did my stint on the campaign trail and, as ever, found fascinating nooks and crannies in of a part of the town that I usually only drive through on the way to Derby. Some particular constituents seemed unperturbed by proceedings and I am happy to report that Dermot beat off the efforts of his two fellow candidates by a majority of 161.We look forward to seeing Dermot in the Council Chamber in Matlock.......

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Baronets Diary November 2017 - Features Include, Royal Mail News, Lost Lives and more

My article in the October edition of this magazine mentioned the sorry state of our two village post boxes. This galvanised the locals to email in to Royal Mail to get them re-painted. No sooner had the issue been released than an artisan and his paint pot turned up to rejuvenate our postal pediments. As you can imagine the village greeted this with delight and I further discovered that the paint pot had been busily at work elsewhere in our DE6 postcode. Getting the directional white lines highlighted on the main road is our next objective. People power at its most productive!......

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Baronets Diary October 2017 - Church Matters, We Say Goodbye To Mr Norris and more

I had not been asked to appear on Radio Derby for a while so it was with trepidation that I ventured forward one morning to appear on the breakfast show with presenter Ian Skye. I was one of the ‘Loudmouths’ alongside the charming Professor Cecile Wright from Nottingham University and we were asked to pontificate on two differing subjects namely the situation in the Falkland Islands and smoking outside hospitals. The portion of the show lasted an hour and we were interrupted with listeners calling in. Somehow I managed to also speak about my television appearances on Top Of The Pops in the 80s between our discussions and I trust I may be invited again. Listen out on BBC Radio Derby for my next appearance......

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Baronets Diary September 2017 - Features Include, An Olde To Tissington Hall, Trent Motor Traction

It is always a pleasure to welcome appreciative guests to the apartment that we let out at the rear of the Hall. Called ‘Butlers’ Retreat’ it is in the old staff wing that housed the retinue of workers my forebears employed about a hundred years ago. Lavishly done up last year we welcome guests from around the world and recently a Dubai couple, rather than writing a note on departure, left a touching poem in the visitors’ book which read ‘Outside it’s cold, there may even be sleet But you’ll always feel cosy in Butlers’ Retreat A tasteful oasis, away from all strife Well-stocked with back issues of Derbyshire Life! Soak up the history of the ancient FitzHerberts Then pop to the village for some sweet fizzy sherbets. Three cheers for Sir Richard and Tissington Hall! Long may it last for the enjoyment of all.’......

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