The Baronets Diary

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

A Party Political.

It is not often that we receive an invitation that includes the serving Prime Minister on the ticket but that is what Fiona and I were delighted to accept for the dinner to celebrate the 30 years Patrick McLoughlin has served as our MP for the Derbyshire Dales constituency........

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A Heartfelt Cry.

It has taken me 27 years to understand Tissington Hall. Having moved in as a raw 25 year old in 1989 on the death of my Uncle John it has only now dawned on me how the house (and by that I mean the structure) can survive for a further 407 years........

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Baronets Diary June 2016 - Traumas, Hassles and Frustrations of planning Freddie’s 21st birthday party...

Freddie arrives back from Manchester University to help plan ‘the bash’. Themed ‘A Night at the Movies’, all guests are being asked to dress up in movie-related themes for the evening. The wine is delivered and we attempt to build a mental image of the table lay-out........

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Baronets Diary May 2016 - Features Include Once There Was a Tree, Points of View & The Grand Tour...

An approach from three ladies with a passion for the outdoors and flora and fauna led to Fiona and I officially 'opening' a new facility in the village called Herbert's Hollow. In conjunction with Tissington Kindergarten the Tanglewood Trio have taken over the old ash tip in the centre of our community to use as a learning centre for woodlands’ courses for youngsters.......

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Baronets Diary April 2016 - Features Include Herberts Hollow, Royal Shrovetide and Wedding Open Day..

An approach from three ladies with a passion for the outdoors and flora and fauna led to Fiona and I officially 'opening' a new facility in the village called Herbert's Hollow. In conjunction with Tissington Kindergarten the Tanglewood Trio have taken over the old ash tip in the centre of our community to use as a learning centre for woodlands’ courses for youngsters.......

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Baronets Diary March 2016 - Features Include Clean For The Queen, Views From The Train and more..

A television show that was recorded in and around the village last April was finally shown on BBC2 in February. The show called The Great Interior Design Challenge showed four 'wannabeee' young designers using their skills to transform individual rooms at four separate cottages in Tissington.......

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Baronets Diary February 2016 - Features Include Dining In Style, Who's Who and more..

What have Nelson Mandela, George Galloway, and Fiona and I have in common? Well the answer is that we have all had our pictures taken by award winning photographer Lorne Campbell. Having been chosen as the owners of a mid-range historic house with all its associated problems, Lorne appeared at Tissington to provide the illustrations for the piece by top property writer Caroline McGhie.......

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Baronets Diary January 2016 - Features Include Dining In Style, On Gaurd and more..

Most days I eat my lunch of soup and a sandwich at home in the kitchen. But at the beginning of October I was invited to a plethora of luncheons in Derbyshire. First up was the famous Brailsford Annual Ploughing Match on President Brian Ashby’s ground in the village. Amidst the rare beef and the mud baths – or walkways – was our Royal Guest, The Princess Royal. The Thursday saw me at Matlock Golf Club lecturing.......

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Baronets Diary July 2015 - Features Include, Tatler Photoshoot News, Culland Hall Fair and more..

It has taken over 33 years for me to finally reappear in the national magazine Tatler. In the July edition Fiona and I have been photographed alongside our cats in a feature entitled ‘Top Cats’. In fact Mr. Norris, Mrs. Hudson and ourselves are centre spread of this august publication dating back to 1901. The piece is more fun than serious prose and highlights the amazing dexterity and agility of our feline friends. My previous appearance was way back in 1982 in the Bystander section when I partied away in London at some swaggering social function. To celebrate their new found fame the fearless felines presented us the morning following publication with a huge rat at the bottom of our stairs.Fortunately for us the rodent had already been dispatched.......

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Baronets Diary June 2015 - Features Include, New Derbyshire Sheriff, Herberts Tea Rooms and more

Oliver Stephenson is our new High Sheriff of Derbyshire for the year 1915/16.At a glittering ceremony in the Derby Law Courts on St Mary’s Gate Olly was installed as our holder of this great honour. With over sixty family and friends in court it was in sharp contrast to my previous appearance before the beak in Warrington where I was in the dock charged with various speeding offences. Olly was geared up in his stunning regalia and proceeded to make the most amusing speech about his yearlong imminent tenure to the enchanted crowd. The office of High Sheriff is the oldest secular Office in the United Kingdom after the Crown and dates from Saxon times. Although his and Fiona’s diary is full to brimming with invitations Olly is adding a new string to the position’s bow with the first High Sheriff Twitter account…..follow him @DerbyshireHS . It will amuse you......

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Baronets Diary May 2015 - Features Include, Derby Radio Appearance, £100 Grants 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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