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Music Galore in Derby Cathedral Quarter

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious returns to Derby Cathedral Quarter on Saturday September 16 with a free line-up of family musical entertainment at the Waterfall stage in the Market Place between 11am and 3pm.

Acts include the Sing Ropogo Choir who are based in Allestree under the direction of Dana de Waal with a unique style of rock, pop and gospel music; musician Alan Mansbridge who plays a variety of musical styles such as jazz, classical and pop; duo Sweet Liquorice and singer/songwriter Isaac Walters.

Canal Trust Plan To Launch River Boat Trips In City

Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust are developing plans to launch boat trips on the River Derwent from Derby city centre.

Initially the trips would run between the Council House steps and the picturesque weir at Darley Abbey.

Moving forward, the full trip would ultimately travel through a new lock in the weir alongside the Council House and stretch to the Derby Arm boat lift that the Trust is planning to build on Pride Park.

The Trust recently enlisted the help of the Midland Canoe Club, based at Darley Abbey, to test the depths of the River Derwent. 

New poem unveiled at Belper station

We’re delighted to have installed a new poster poem at Belper Railway station on Platform 1 – this is the only site on Beth’s Poetry Trail where the poem is changed from time to time.

The new poem appropriately enough is titled ‘Travel’ and it was written by Edna St Vincent Millay. Wikipaedia describes her thus: ‘Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her feminist activism.’

Derbyshire takeover on the Irish Sea

It is a Derbyshire takeover as four young people from the county, all in recovery from cancer, are enjoying the sailing experience of a lifetime taking part in the latest leg of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust's epic four-month Round Britain 2017 challenge.

Brownlee Brothers Invite Local Pupils To Triathlon Taster

More than 1,000 primary school pupils from schools across Derby and Derbyshire will be joining triathlon stars Alistair and Jonny Brownlee for a free mini-triathlon event at Allestree Woodlands School on Thursday September 28.

Primary schools have been invited to bring up to 30 pupils from Key Stage 2 (aged 7 – 11) to the triathlon taster where they will complete a 20m swim in Woodlands’ pool followed by an 800m cycle and 300m run around the playing fields.

Local Cycling Club Lays Down Challenge For Sportive Title Contenders

Cycle Mickleover, a well-established cycling club based in the city with over 235 members, is laying down the gauntlet for other clubs and company groups to snatch their Team Challenge title in this month’s North Derbyshire Challenge cycle sportive.

Over 30 Cycle Mickleover members took part in the Spring Classic Sportive, with the ten fastest members lifting the Team Challenge trophy, sponsored by Geldards LLP in Pride Park, Derby.

Free Seminar Helps People Cope With Family Loss

Derby’s longest established family-owned funeral directors, G Wathall & Son, have teamed up with fellow professionals to hold a seminar exploring how to cope with a death in the family.

The event will be held at the Grange Banqueting Suite in Burton Road, Littleover, on Friday September 29 between 2pm and 4pm.  Places are free of charge but booking is essential.

Dirty Dancing Date at Iconic Roundhouse

The Roundhouse Events team based at the historic Roundhouse, Pride Park, are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ‘Dirty Dancing’ film release, which has been a firm favourite with generations of movie fans.

Sing Viva – Derbyshire Carers Choir Hits the Right Note for Darley Park

A newly-formed choir made up of local people who are carers will make their debut performance at The Hannells Darley Park Concert on Sunday September 3 with a diverse programme of well-known songs.

Sing Viva  – Derbyshire Carers’ Choir has been set up by Derby-based Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra, as part of its 35th anniversary programme - enabling more people than ever to experience creative music making.