Category: People

Made In Derby Stars to be unveiled

Ten new 'Made in Derby' plaques celebrating the achievements of some of the people who have helped put Derby and Derbyshire on the world map will be unveiled in the city's Market Place and on Iron Gate on Saturday 14th September.

This is phase 2 of 'Made in Derby' - a trail of mosaic and cast iron plaques which can be brought to life via augmented reality using a smartphone app - with a Walk of Fame already embedded on Albion Street and Exchange Street.


Healthy Bolsover Grants Scheme -  Open to community and voluntary groups, Parish Councils and statutory organisations operating in the Bolsover District.  Local businesses are also eligible to apply if community health benefits can be clearly demonstrated.

Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme - Open to voluntary / community groups or even a group of local people within the Chesterfield Borough Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.


A Queer & Gender Diverse group is being set up in Belper and warmly invites you all to join on Wednesday 25th September at Fleet Arts (the venue is fully accessible, there is a gender neutral loo and one is also wheelchair accessible).

Wathall’s Invests in Staff Mental Health Well-being

A team member at Wathall’s - Derby’s longest established independent funeral directors -has qualified as a Mental Health First Aider to support colleagues across the company’s branches in Derby city centre, Ashbourne, Alvaston, Burton and Borrowash.

Fay Bloor is Wathall’s Bereavement Support Coordinator – leading the company’s  Dandelions bereavement support groups in Derby and Ashbourne and the Grief Journey programmes which are held free of charge throughout the year to help those who have lost a loved one come to terms with their loss.

Derby Festé Invites Local Communities To Be Part of Launch Evening

Derby Festé: Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September 2019

Local people are being invited to be part of a special community performance on the opening evening of this September’s Derby Festé – highlighting the festival’s theme of ‘Space, Moon and Tides’.

A community workshop will be held at Déda in Chapel Street on Saturday September 7 between 1pm and 2.30pm.

Leader Succession at Sinfonia Viva

Celebrated violinist Benedict Holland has retired after 17 years as Leader of Grammy-nominated Sinfonia Viva - the East Midlands’ professional orchestra.

Mr Holland now plans to pursue other professional opportunities and has been succeeded in the role by award-winning violinist Sophie Rosa.

He said: “I am sad to be leaving behind a wonderful team of musicians and colleagues at Sinfonia Viva but looking forward to having the time to develop other aspects of my performing and teaching career.

Sinfonia Viva celebrates inclusive creative project

Pupils from special education needs (SEND) schools across Derby recently shared the stage with professional musicians from Sinfonia Viva for an interactive concert showcasing their creative work as part of a city-wide initiative.

‘Lean on Me’ at the Riverside Centre in Pride Park was the culmination of inclusive creative workshops in schools run by Sinfonia Viva, the Derby-based professional orchestra of the East Midlands, QUAD and inclusive theatre company Hubbub.

GT Says Farewell to Transport Manager Mark After Five Years

Last week we said a sad farewell to Mark Jones (left), who has held the role of GT Couriers Transport Manager for the last five years. The lucky man is moving on to a life full of nonstop golf, wine and DIY! Stepping up to the plate and taking over Mark’s role is Ray Elliot (right), who’s been learning the ropes in the GT operations office since May 2018. Good luck to both Mark and Ray as they embark on a new chapter in their lives!


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