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Wathall’s Expands With Chaddesden Branch Opening

Family-owned Wathall’s, Derby’s longest-established independent funeral directors, has opened its seventh branch across Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

The new branch in Nottingham Road, Chaddesden, joins the existing branch network of Macklin Street in Derby city centre, Allestree, Alvaston, Ashbourne, Borrowash and Burton-on-Trent.

The branch, managed by long-standing Wathall’s employee Sarah Yeomans, was officially opened this week by two city councillors representing the Chaddesden ward - Jonathan Smale and Jerry Pearce - who welcomed Wathall’s to the area.

Graphics/ Illustrator Open Call for Mining Memorial Project

We are seeking a talented illustrator / graphic designer to take an artist-led creative approach to producing both a commemorative publication and a site/ visitor map that will be shared physically and digitally at the final celebration event for the Walking Together mining memorial trail project this autumn.

Volunteering Opportunity with Crossroads Derbyshire

We are recruiting women volunteers to support others who have experienced domestic abuse. There is a Volunteer Befriender Workshop being held on Wednesday 6th July, 10:30-12 at Bradbury House in Glossop. It will be an informal chat to share more information about the role and details on how to apply. I have attached the poster we are circulating. Places need to be booked via this link:

Bronze Medal For Students’ Garden Design

Horticulture students at Derby College Group (DCG) have won a bronze medal for their show garden entry at this year’s Gardeners World Live show at the NEC.

The mature part-time students’ design and build was entered into the professional category this year – competing against high budget gardens created by landscape companies.

Fringe Team Turn Town Orange

Buxton Fringe committee members met outside Buxton Opera House to plant up the first of this year’s orange Fringe “hot spots” recently. Buxton Fringe has been encouraging more orange-themed floral displays around the town in the run up to the event, which runs from July 6-24 and features 170 entrants in categories including theatre, comedy, music and more.

Poet and Broadcasting Bard opens Repton Literary Festival

Popular poet and BBC broadcaster Ian McMillan has chosen Repton Literary Festival as the only venue outside

his beloved Yorkshire to launch his latest literary venture this summer.

Ian has cut back on live performance in recent months to focus on his writing and broadcasting work. 

But the pull of the Repton Literary and Film Festival in July proved just too tempting.  He will open the three day Repton


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