21 February 2014

Little Black Book for Derby

Builder (1) - John Bareham, expensive but good and very congenial, 07779121632.

Builder (2) Richard Duval, 0785 2325 384.
Builder (3) Mark, Allestree Joinery. Good and friendly, although a little laid-back time-wise.

Carpet supplier and fitter - Kris 07786 377593, excellent, very much a 'can do' person.

Car Repairs and MoTs - Frank Brown, a friendly garage in Allestree run by a woman! - and why not.  Duffield Road, Allestree, Derby DE22 2DJ, tel 01332 557185.

Car Valeting - Efficient, reasonable and friendly, but beware the price we were quoted did not include VAT, MCV, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3WD, tel: 0800 9881302, mobile 07875 296094 (http://www.mobilecarvaleting.co.uk/).

Conservatory, fascias, gutterings, downpipes and windows:  Roger at Needhams 01509 264066.

Dentist: Duffield Road Dental Practice (tel: 556222)

(1) Alan C Garbett, helpful and conscientious, 143 Western Road, Mickleover, Derby DE3 9GS, Tel: 07973 600238.
(2) Brian from Park Lane Electrical: 557705.

Electrical Repairs - Chaddesden Electrics (Pete) has been recommended; 15 St John's Avenue, Chaddesden, Derby DE21 6SE, Tel: 01332 417730.

Fireplaces (1) - Fireplace Supplies Ltd, 345 Duffield Road, Allestree, Derby DE22 2dg, so not far from our home.  01332 541407.
Fireplaces (2) - Kedleston Fireplace Centre - Five Lamps, 34 Duffield Road, Derby DE1 3BH, 01332 200303.

Gas and Plumber - 07957 986002, not met him but he did a good job.
Plumber (2) Flywheel Plumbing (tel: 07957 986002).

Hairdresser: Smiths, Duffield Road, Allestree, Tel: 01332 557434.

House Agent - Paul (and Jackie) at Oh! (Our House, is the real name), Mickleover, 01332 650300, for sales and for lettings.  He has found us suitable tenants in less than a week.

House Insurance - Aviva 01603 320 8863, no hanging on to speak to someone, I got straight through and was able to make alterations to the policy in double-quick time.

Man and a Van: Mickleover Removals, Lodge Farm, Willington Road, Etwall, Derby DE65 6NR. Tel: 01283 732327.

Painter and Decorator - Unfortunately I've removed the painter we've been using for the past three years as the last job was expensive and not good for the price.  Am looking for another one. 

Plastering and Damp-proofing:  J Robinson 01332 512042 or 07854077793, see www.ajrobinsonservices.co.uk.  Friendly and efficient - what more could you ask for?!

Sheds, summerhouses and garages: Derby Shed Co, Unit 1 201 Siddals Road, Derby DE1 2QE, tel: 01332 299099. These people are very organised and the quality of the shed we've had fitted is excellent - but their skills at keeping the customer informed fall far short, being reactive rather than proactive.  Ask for Tom.

Reclamation and timber: Fletchers at Spondon, 28 Station Rd, Derby DE21 7NE

01332 673965 (http://www.fletcherstimber.com/index_files/Page489.htm)

Roofer -  Frank 07983 991701, he was recommended to us but the verge he redid now has cracks, which he assures us is not a problem.

Shoe shop: CushionFlex, Westfield Centre, Derby (Tel: 01332 361255)

Skips: Andy Potters Skips, 07850 380425

Surveyor (1) - Spencer Birch (http://www.spencerbirch.co.uk/), 0115 941 3678.  Martin/Gill, both are very helpful people.
Surveyor (2) - Tim Stubbs 01332 780939.  Another very good surveyor.

Window Cleaner - Andy's Window Cleaning Services, 01332 842293/07885861413. 

Replacement panes in double glazed windows: paulmable@ymail.com (gmail?)


The Cathedral Quarter (http://www.derbycathedralquarter.co.uk/LaFanfinette)

Fine French food - La Fanfinette Ltd, Deli in the Guildhall Market Hall, right next to a lovelky vegetable stall.  (07961 617260, lafanfinette.co.uk).

Derby Pyclet Company - also in the Market Hall.

Keys cut, shoes mended/cleaned/stretched: A tiny shop called Little Cobbler and Keysmith, 4 Albert Street (opp HSBC Bank), Cathedtral Quarter, Derby DE1 2DS (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Little-Cobbler-Keysmiths/353231644810266)

For garden centres, see the page on my EdVis gardening blog: http://edvisgardening.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/review-of-garden-centres-and-farm-shops.html

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