October 2019

First Autumn Edition for Derby Book Festival this weekend

The first Autumn Edition of Derby Book Festival begins this Friday and includes ten author events between Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October.   The Festival includes a range of the most popular genres: politics, thrillers and biography.

One event is already sold out: the Closing Event with Raynor Winn talking about her Costa Prize nominated memoir, The Salt Path on Sunday 27 October. 

Highlights of this year’s Autumn Edition Festival will include:

Free Introduction to Sound Design For Stage and Events

The Pump Room Tuesday 19 November

2pm – The Devonshire Dome or 6pm – The Pump Room


Buxton Crescent Trust warmly invite you to a free one hour presentation  as part of their Arts Council programme of events which celebrate Buxton’s water and the reopening of The Crescent.

Businesses back Becketwell

Bondholder business owners and key stakeholders from across the city are throwing their support behind plans for the regeneration of Becketwell.

An outline planning application has been submitted by Leeds-based developer St James Securities, comments on the scheme are being accepted and businesses are backing the plans.

Top 200 unveiled

New research has been published by Bondholder the University of Derby ranking Derby and Derbyshire’s top 200 most successful businesses.

The league table, compiled on behalf of the Derby Telegraph by academics from the university’s Business School, shows the biggest contributors to the region’s economy.

HOWZAT – HSG Confirms Continued Support For SCC

Derby-based Hygiene Services Group (HSG) have confirmed its eighth consecutive year of support for trophy-winning Spondon Cricket Club.

HSG initially supported the club in Locko Road by supplying the innovative Ureco water conservation system and providing washroom services for the clubhouse as part of SCC’s commitment to improving its environmental credentials.

The relationship has since developed to HSG being the club’s main sponsor. 

Lloyd’s of London Adopt HSG’s Innovative System

The world-famous Lloyd’s building in London’s main financial district is the latest to reap the environmental benefits and cost savings of an innovative washroom water conservation system developed by Derby-based Hygiene Services Group (HSG).

The 14-storey Grade I listed building, is home to the iconic Lloyd’s of London insurance institution with hundreds of people based there.

‘What’s happening in Repton is criminal’ says festival director

Dr Ben Lamb, with the help of the ‘lab’ – Bagheera – explores the history and impact of TV crime drama from Dixon of Dock Green to Happy Valley at this year’s Repton Literary Festival  (25 – 27 October).

Top crime writers, actors and academics are planning a heist at this year’s Repton Literary Festival this October. They will take over part of the three day event to explore everything that is good about British crime drama. 

Giant Balloons, a Mini Rave and Early Years’ Dance Show at Déda’s Family Arts Festival this November

This November sees the return of Déda’s annual family arts festival. The festival runs from Thursday 31 October until Sunday 2 November with a selection of shows and events perfect for grown-ups and younger ones alike.

Opening the festival is the venue’s brand new Dinky Disco for mini ravers. Taking place on Thursday 31 October from 2-4pm, the disco Halloween special will feature creepy crafts, face painting, apple bobbing and make your own goo! All ages are welcome and under 1s go free.


On 12 May 2020 the world will celebrate the 200th birthday

of Florence Nightingale.


'Kissing Miss Nightingale's Shadow' is a new play in which Florence talks about her life, her beliefs and Victorian society.

'Kissing Miss Nightingale's Shadow' will be performed throughout Derbyshire between May 2020 and May 2021.


Are you a Director? Are you an Actress?

Otherlings Exhibition Launch and Artist Talk

Otherlings is an exhibition featuring work from Ang Bartram, Steve Baker, Huw Davies and Phil Basi, Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy, Stephanie Rushton and Mally Mallinson, Craig Fisher and Christine Parker. The overarching theme of the artworks within the exhibition suggests something beyond the parameters of dominancy and its cultural representation.

Let's MAKE Christmas is back for 2019!

Derby Museum and Art Gallery Shop
19 October – 24 December 2019
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm

Following on from the success of last year's event, and back by popular demand, this autumn sees the return of Let's MAKE Christmas; a seasonal celebration of contemporary craft produced in the region. From prints and ceramics to jewellery and gin, you’ll be sure to find the perfect Christmas gift from these local makers.

Duffield Last Night of the Proms

You are in for a real treat! Listen to the Derwent Valley Wind Band sing many of the classics and also a micx of musicals and movies. They will be joined by the outstanding soprano Linda Perry-smith and the amazing Belcanto.

So whatever side you sit on, enjoy this pre-Brexit concert and celebrate in unity the beauty of music! Tickets £11 and concessions £9 available from DerbyLIve via this link  https://bit.ly/2oji6n1 

Matlock Music - New Season

Matlock Music's new season starts on Friday 18th October with the young Latvian cellist Kristiana Ignatjeva and pianist Alison Rhind playing a varied programme including an arrangement of the Elgar Cello Concerto. 

As usual the concert is Highfields School, Upper Lumsdale at 730 pm. Entrance for non-members is £12. 

Fringe40 figures show big increase in ticket sales!

Buxton Fringe has revealed that this year’s bumper Fringe40 festival resulted in approximately 12,890 tickets being sold, a 43% increase on 2018. Meanwhile combined audience and performer spending resulted in a nearly £350,000 contribution to the local economy.

The three managed venues had a particularly busy year, all enjoying significantly increased ticket sales. With good attendances at the 40 free events as well, the estimated total audience figure across the Fringe was a healthy 18,362, up 6% on last year.

Fans of Folk Music Flock to the City for the Folk Weekender

For 13 consecutive years, Derby has hosted a folk extravaganza with people from all over the country travelling to enjoy the musical delights in the city.  Co-produced by Derby LIVE and PR Productions, 2019 saw a change from the usual festival format to the creation of Derby Folk Weekender which took place in venues surrounding the city’s market place. The programme was jam-packed with music, dance acts and fringe activities from Friday to Sunday.

October In The Loop at Straight Curves

It's been a super busy September and its vanished quicker than quick and without wanting to get reprimanded the C word is fast approaching... and we have lots of different workshops to help you make your handmade Christmas this year most of which are in November.

'Roma Tales' by Faith i Branko

'Roma Tales' by Faith i Branko
Saturday 23rd November, 7:30pm
£8 Under-16s, £12.50 Adults


‘Quite remarkable musicians.’ Stephen Fry, BBC World Service

‘Musically a delight…these virtuosic performers are a major discovery this year.’ The Guardian

'Juliet & Romeo' by Lost Log Dance

'Juliet & Romeo' by Lost Log Dance
Sunday 27th October, 7:30pm
£8 Under-16s, £12.50 Adults


Lost Dog’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after.

Well, they lived at least.

Presentation Recognises Support Skills

Teaching Assistants from schools across Derbyshire have completed their Level 4 Award as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.

They studied from November 2018 to June 2019 at the Derby College Group (DCG) in the Academy of Professional Education, Training and Development. In September their achievement was recognised at an awards ceremony at the Roundhouse.

DCG Students Take Up the Funky Bounce Challenge

More than 250 students from Derby College Group (DCG) Broomfield Hall college have joined a campaign to raise awareness and money so that a local five-year-old girl can have specialist treatment to save her life.

Audrina Hatton-Wright , who is fighting a rare childhood cancer called neuroblastoma, needs £200,000 worth of specialist treatment that is not available on the NHS to win her battle for life.

College Restaurant Re-Opens To Diners

A popular restaurant at DCG’s Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college in Derby’s Pride Park is re-opening to the public with a series of monthly themed nights and Sunday lunches.

The Engine Shed restaurant is a training kitchen and restaurant for a wide range of full time students, apprentices and adults attending part time or short courses.

writing ambitions- Commissioning project

Arts Derbyshire is looking to appoint 5 writers to write to commission working with Festivity and Derbyshire County Council in a project supported by Arts Council England.  

The commissions are open to poets and short story writers who will each work with a Derbyshire Arts Festival to produce a piece or pieces of writing. The project will run from December 2019 to February 2021. Successful applicants will receive a support package including a fee and materials expenses, places on related workshops with experienced writers, mentoring and ongoing support.

Cabaret with a twist (or should that be pinch) coming to South Normanton and Clay Cross

A man inside a giant balloon, the UK’s fastest magician and a juggler that juggles with almost anything, together with some tasty grub and the choice of how much to pay for a ticket is the essence of two new events coming to South Normanton and Clay Cross at the end of October and beginning of November, hoping to bring local people together to shape some of the cultural happenings in their communities.


Celebrity bioarchaeologist Dr Cat Jarman kicks off this year’s Repton Literary Festival with a talk about the unique finds during her recent dig in the village, shedding new light on Viking life in 9th century Repton.

Following up her BBC TV Digging for Britain and Channel 4 TV’s Britain’s Viking Graveyard programmes she explores the arrival of the Great Heathen Army of Vikings which settled for a winter in Repton in 873 AD.  She will talk about the legendary Repton Warrior buried next to another Viking in the UK’s most famous Viking grave.


Join us this winter for a weekend celebration of one of the most beloved forms of fiction – the ghost story. From the classics of Charles Dickens and MR James to modern favourites such as The Woman in Black, The Little Stranger and more, the ghost story has long fascinated audiences around the world. 
The UK Ghost Story Festival will be presenting a host of readings, author interviews, talks, film screenings, workshops and much more, taking place around one of the UK’s most haunted cities.  

Shirley Mann’s first novel

My first novel comes out in e form on 31st Oct and in paperback form on 23rd Jan. It’s being published by Bonnier Zaffre and my agent is Kate Barker.  
The novel is called Lily’s War and is a book loosely based on my parents’ wartime romance; my mum was a WAAF with Bomber Command and my dad was a tank transporter driver in the 8th Army.  

The Write on Art competition returns!

We're excited to announce the return of Write on Art, our annual prize for young art writers aged 15–18, sponsored in partnership with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. To take part, entrants write about one artwork featured on the Art UK website for a chance to have their work published online and win the top cash prize of £500

Find out more here: https://www.writeonart.org/

Writing for Wellbeing workshop with Leonie Martin. Saturday 2nd November 10:30 - 12:30 at Chesterfield Library

Try Writing for Wellbeing at Chesterfield Library. Using a series of fun and engaging prompts, you’ll be encouraged to unlock your imagination and put pen to paper. Working within a safe and respectful space, therapeutic writing can open the door to new voices, ideas and points of view that widen and deepen our own perspective, as well as offering a sense of achievement. No previous knowledge or experience of creative writing is needed; writers of all levels of experience are welcome. You should be aged 18 years and above. All writing materials will be provided. 

Physical Theatre Performer vacancy

Hubbub Theatre Company is looking to recruit a physical theatre performer for the Creative Development of their next touring production The Drum working with Gecko’s Associate Director, Helen Baggett who will be the Movement Collaborator.

Food and Drink Awards - The Winners!

Last night, Derby's iconic Roundhouse played host to the eleventh annual Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards. 

Hosted by Nick Britten, the Awards brought together 300 delegates and customers from establishments across Derby's thriving food and drink scene with Bondholder The Palfrey winning Restaurant of the Year.

Take a look at the Erewash Festival of Light programme

Erewash Festival of Light began in 2006. The annual programme includes free festivals, events and activities marking a range of traditional and culturally diverse celebrations. For our 2019-2020 programme these will be Diwali, Christmas, Winter Solstice and Chinese New Year.
Since it began, over 20 000 people have taken part in creative workshops and public events, making artwork for festivals and displays, or simply coming along to enjoy.

Festival fan Amber is ready to go as leading lights join star cast

Preparations for this year’s Repton Literary Festival are well under way with one of the event’s biggest fans joining the team.  Local graduate Amber Wood (22) is one of a host of volunteers working to make this year’s event an even greater success.

In 2018, the first Repton Literary Festival was created and enjoyed by many. In October 2019, it's back - bigger and better, inspiring a new generation of writers and bringing engaging speakers to this wonderful village.

Says Amber, who lives in Newton Solney:

Tom Dale Company Presents Step Sonic: Parts 1 & 2

Digital soundscapes triggered by motion

The worlds of electronic dance music and contemporary dance collide in choreographer Tom Dale’s exciting new touring programme Step Sonic which commences its inaugural tour of the UK from 17 October 2019. Tom Dale Company will be performing at Déda Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October 7.30pm.

Poetry & Music Saturday 16th November 6.10pm until 8.30pm FREE EVENT at St. Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne

We welcome Angela Topping as our guest poet to recite poems from her latest collection

“The Five Petals of Elderflower”

Poets from Ashbourne Writers Group will recite their own poems and AWG's Arnie Rainbow will perform some of his own songs. We will also be joined by an excellent group of musicians, playing a selection of English and Irish music. “Green Road” are resident at Smith’s Tavern: if you’ve seen them, you’ll know what fantastic music they make.


Poetry Workshop Saturday 16th November 2.30pm until 4.30pm St. Oswald’s Church Centre, Ashbourne

Angela Topping is a widely published professional poet who has been leading workshops with all age groups since 1988. In this two hour workshop, you will, following a warm-up exercise, write at least two poems, using Angela’s original bespoke exercises, and receive feedback to help you take them to the next level. Angela is known for her ability to encourage and nurture others, with her know-how and warm personality.

Cost of the Workshop is £12 per person, including refreshments.

Top opera star to sing at Kinder Choirs ‘Bux Fizz!’

One of Buxton’s best loved performers, mezzo soprano Yvonne Howard, is teaming up with Kinder Choirs of the High Peak, at a concert being held at St John’s Church, Buxton, on Saturday 19th October at 7.30pm.

The ‘Bux Fizz!’ event will showcase a mix of classics and popular music so is certain to appeal to a wide variety of tastes .

Homeless Sunday 13th October 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We hope you can join us for Homeless Sunday 2019 - a time to pray, reflect and plan practical action on homelessness. 

About this Event

Darker evenings – not a problem, there’s plenty to do indoors!

Inside is the place to be when the rain hits, the temperature drops and it’s dark when you leave work!

The bright lights of Derby Arena beckon for the outdoor cyclists who still want to get their pedalling fix without the need for their bike lights, shoe covers and waterproofs. Getting on the track is so easy thanks to the 4-step accreditation process where a coach will take you from beginner to a wannabe Jason or Laura Kenney!

BRUSHED - opens on 12 October 2019

Our next event is an exhibition ceramics curated by Kyra Cane. BRUSHED includes work by eight ceramicists and three visual artists together with a group of paintings by Felicity Keefe. The show opens on Saturday 12 October at 11.00 with wine and refreshments and features work of national acclaim. 

Eyam Village Bonfire and Firework Display

Come and celebrate Eyam Village Bonfire and Firework Display on Saturday 2nd November.  Entertainment starts in the village square from 5.30pm.  The torch-lit music-led procession of the infamous ‘Willow RAT’ leaves at 6.15pm, carrying it through the village to the chants of ‘Burn the Rat’ up to the playing fields.  The RAT is laid on the spectacular bonfire which is then followed by our fabulous firework display.

Hungrytown Comes to Buxton

The Green Man Gallery presents the return of celebrated Americana duo Hungrytown. In the past two years alone, Hungrytown has toured extensively throughout the US, as well as in the United Kingdom, Germany and New Zealand. They recently returned from a four-month tour of the American south, midwest, southwest and California. Hungrytown's current tour, Lost In The Roundabout, is their twelfth in the UK.

Murder Most Foul - Comedy in Tideswell 10th to 12th October!

Mrs Reece's Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society will perform one of their efforts at the fantastically refurbished Fountain Square Church, Tideswell on Wednesday 10th to Saturday 12th of June. It's a murder whodunit apparently.

What people are saying:

"It will be murder"

"I cannot speak too highly of their productions"

Derby Conference Centre launches FREE events membership programme

One of the counties premier venues, The Derby Conference Centre, is launching a free Events Membership programme. The programme, launching on Monday 7th October, is open to anyone and entitles visitors to special offers, discounted rates on food and drinks and reduced prices for rooms at the on-site hotel. Event Members will also receive early access to tickets and exclusive competitions.

Creepy Crawly Experience at Broomfield Hall

The Animal Unit at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall in Morley will be getting visitors into the Halloween mood on Sunday October 27 with the chance to get up close and personal with some of the creepy crawlies who are looked after by students there.

The open day between 10am and 3.30pm will have a wide range of family activities.

Staging a scandal puts Buxton in the running for top UK theatre award

Buxton International Festival has confirmed its place as one of the nation’s leading opera producing companies with a nomination in this year’s UK Theatre Awards for its world premiere of Georgiana, the story of the life and scandalous times of the most controversial Duchess of Devonshire.   

The critically acclaimed production was especially commissioned for the Festival’s 40th anniversary programme this year, and was written and produced by a team led by its Chief Executive Officer Michael Williams.

Artist Residencies at Ashgate Hospicecare

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for two artists to work in residence with Ashgate Hospicecare. Beginning in January 2020 the paid residencies will also include valuable training and support about working in the specialist palliative care setting.


Workers would vote for this Victorian’s values

Not all Victorians’ values were bad — and Britain’s long-suffering workers would be better off if we’d listen to at least one of them, leading psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper has said.

John Ruskin, an art critic, social commentator and one-man early warning system about the drudgery of work in the machine age, is today the inspiration for enlightened industrialists, Buxton International Festival’s Big Weekend will discover on October 18.

Bombardier smashes £1bn mark

Turnover has smashed through the £1bn mark at Derby-headquartered Bombardier Transportation UK, new figures have revealed.

Newly filed accounts for the year to 31 December 2018 show the business achieved a turnover of £1.24bn, up from £834.2m.

Blazing a trail

Bondholder Derby Museums is inviting artists from across Derbyshire and beyond to submit their designs for the Derby Ram Trail, a unique public art event that will take place in the city centre next summer.

The Trail will see 30, five-foot ram sculptures threaded across the city in a free-to-view art event that will raise valuable funds for Derby Museums through sponsorship and auction. Marketing Derby is proud to be a Derby Ram Trail sponsor. 

Bennetts saved by The Bell

Paul Hurst, owner of Bondholder The Old Bell Hotel on Sadler Gate, has stepped in to keep Derby's much-loved Bennetts brand alive both on the high street and online.

Mr Hurst has secured the fixed assets and goodwill of Bennetts – the world’s oldest independent department store – with plans well underway to create a new retail website showcasing iconic brands from Derby and the UK.

Artist Opportunity

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for two artists to work in residence with Ashgate Hospicecare.

Beginning in January 2020 the paid residencies will also include valuable training and support about working in the specialist palliative care setting.

Commissioned by Ashgate Hospicecare and Junction Arts.

To find out more and apply please click the link

Employers Broaden Student Horizons

Representatives from a wide range of local companies met with new Professional Construction students at Derby College Group (DCG) to outline the different career paths available to them in the future.

Students had the opportunity to talk to employers, former students and get advice on developing their CVs.

Ilkeston Jobs Fair

Derby College Group (DCG) has teamed up with Job Centre Plus to organise a jobs fair at Ilkeston Community College on Tuesday October 29 between 10am and 2pm.

Information will be available about hundreds of job opportunities in a wide range of industries from Engineering and Manufacturing to Travel and Care.

Coast To Coast Cyclists Support Viva’s Work in Local Communities

A group of cycling enthusiasts have completed a coast to coast challenge and raised £500 for Derby-based Sinfonia Viva orchestra’s ‘Make a Child Smile’ appeal.

Carl Muldal, who works at Rolls-Royce plc and is a board member of Sinfonia Viva, brought together a group of friends to cycle 140 miles west to east across the country in a weekend.

The money raised will go towards further expanding the orchestra’s work including a three-year creative project which has been established thanks to grant funding from BBC Children in Need.