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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

Why Simon won’t park his fundraising efforts

A man who dedicates his spare time to helping vulnerable youngsters was rewarded with his own parking space at work - which he auctioned off to raise money for a children’s charity.

Simon Evans, who works at Lubrizol, in Hazelwood, near Belper, was given the Christine Sewell Charity and Community Award by the firm in recognition of his dedication to children in Derbyshire.

Simon and his wife were foster carers before the pair both began volunteering as Independent Visitors and also Advocates for looked after children with the charity Change Grow Live, (CGL).

Project D offers a community service and brings staff back to work

A Derby doughnut firm which furloughed all its staff at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak reinstated them all a week later after changing its business model to support the community.

The company, which previously sold handcrafted doughnuts at events and kiosks in Derby’s Intu centre and Burton’s Cooper’s Square, furloughed all their staff when the outbreak began.

But such was the demand for Project D’s doughnuts and their ingredients that they quickly brought staff back to work and have even recruited three more bringing their workforce to 28.



A play featuring Ellie Ward as Florence Nightingale with Sheila Kay Sly and Ron Middleton.

Music written and performed by Mat Williams, James Oldrini and John Tams.

Adapted from his stage play Kissing Miss Nightingale's Shadow by George Gunby.

Introducing Derbyshire Artisan Markets

A brand new and exciting selling opportunity for makers, farmers, growers, crafters and artists from Derbyshire and beyond!

Derbyshire Artisan Markets will help us shift our thoughts to the future, helping us all to look forwards as we prepare for better days ahead.

We’re using this time to reach out, track down and connect with all of the wonderful independent traders across the county, from Glossop to Swadlincote, Ashbourne to Bolsover and all points in between.

News from White Peak Distillery

Like everyone, we've spent the last few weeks adjusting to the new ground rules. Having had to close the Distillery shop and postpone our tours and other events in mid-March, we've focused our efforts online and with local delivery. And we would like to say a big thank you to all our supporters!

Making the most of being at home Treat yourself in some creative me time

Our online classes are really helping us to stay positive it is so great to still be in touch with all you lovely folks through woolly wednesdays, crochet classes, art classes and our kids sessions too. Our 1:1 classes have been going really well too so if you have something specific you want to learn please do get in touch.