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Weekend Picks: Natural Christmas Ornaments in Stately surroundings

Kedleston Hall, Derby: Weekdays and weekends throughout December

When we begin to buy our festive decorations or think about different themes we often want to try to perhaps match a new decor or colour scheme in our homes with shop bought accessories.

We often think immediately of glistening baubles and twinkling fairy lights - but before they came along Christmas decorations were a very different affair and the more traditional look is now making something of a comeback.

This weekend, you can drop in to the beautiful Kedleston Hall and learn how to make some of the festive decorations which may have once adorned the grand house itself in a self-led, family-fun activity.

Make more of a day out of your trip with a visit to the grand state rooms and see how Christmas was celebrated by the halls Curzon Family since they moved in around the year 1200.

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Police continue search for missing prisoner

Police are continuing their search for a missing prisoner in Derbyshire. 65 year old Phillip Willis, who is serving a sentence for arson was released from Sudbury Prison on temporary licence earlier this week but failed to reach his destination.

He's said to have links to the Kettering and peterborough areas. Anyone who sees Willis or who knows where he is should ring the police on 101, quoting Derbyshire incident number 963 of December 6.

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Bogus workmen steal money and jewellery from elderly man

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At around 12.30pm yesterday, a group of men visited a house in Sandcliffe Road in Medway, Derbyshire and told the 84-year-old man that his roof needed repairing.

The man agreed a price and he went to a local bank to withdraw money before he paying the bogus workmen. After they left he discovered his safe had been stolen from the house, along with a pearl necklace and a gold ladies watch made by Cyma.

Detectives are trying to trace witnesses who may have seen a dark blue van parked in Sandcliffe Road between 12.30pm and 2pm that day. It had ladders on the top and a white sign on the side.

The bogus workmen are both described as white. One is 5ft 11ins tall, slim and he wore a beanie hat and boots. He spoke with a Midlands accent. The other man is 5ft 8ins tall, stocky and in his mid-30s and also wore a beanie hat.

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