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Radical Derwent Valley Walk: 

01st June, 2016…

? What did John Wesley grumble about?

? Were the Strutts old fashioned exploiters of cheap labour or progressive thinkers? 

? Why did the Strutt sisters think Robert Owen was a bore?

Find out about some of the valley’s radical thinkers, and those that visited, in a walk from Milford to Belper.

Walk Leaders: Keith Venables and Adrian Farmer.

Start time: 3.30pm. End time: 5.30 pm.

Starts: Mill House Pub Car Park in Milford (De56 0QW)

Ends:   Belper Mills Site, DE56 1YD

Length@ 2.5 miles – easy road walk – wheelchair accessible.

Cost £4.00

16th February 2016:

About 20 people, including some folk who were new to us, attended a superb presentation by Andrew Whitehead, on daughter of Derby, Freda Bedi.

Some pictures of the evening will be uploaded shortly – please watch this space…

There seemed to be some interest in the suggestion that Freda was worthy of a Blue Plaque, and thus people are invited to get behind a campaign to champion her name, as a significant and influencing woman of her day and time:

Please support the BLUE PLAQUE CAMPAIGN by signing the on-line petition here:


If you missed the article about Freda, on BBC East Midlands Today…here is the link…we hope you enjoy it:

There was a very interesting and detailed article in Derby Telegraph’s Bygones edition: Monday 08th of February, 2016: click on the link below, to read the full article:

Bygones, DT, 08/02/16


Freda Bedi 


Andrew Whitehead, Historian and biographer talked about a remarkable and courageous Derby woman, Freda Bedi.

She was born Freda Houlston in 1911, and was brought up in Littleover and educated at Parkfields Cedars.

Freda met and married a Sikh student while at university and made her life in India where she was active in nationalist and left-wing politics and even spent several months in jail.

Later, she was the first westerner to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun.

This was an illustrated talk about a Derby personality whose pioneering role in politics and religion is now being more widely acknowledged.

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In Progress…

– We are currently working on a new leaflet for our Alice Wheeldon Walk & Alice Wheeldon Cycle activities…and hope to place this in the Tourist Office, to better encourage self-guided access to this rich narrative of local history…