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Poem a Month – August 2016

As we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of 18th century landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown this month’s poem has a gardening theme.  Although there are several poems which have been written about Brown I have chosen Digging by Edward Thomas.  I’m sure a lot of hard work and digging was required to create Brown’s gardens and I like to think that those gardeners employed to bring his plans to fruition would appreciate this poem.  As a keen gardener myself I love the way Thomas uses descriptions of smell, it’s perfect. – Ali

Digging

Challenge Sportive Ladies Wave Announced

Organisers of the Cycle Derby North Derbyshire Challenge Sportive on Sunday September 18 are planning a special focus on women cyclists in recognition of the growth in the sport’s profile and popularity amongst women of all ages.
A special ladies-only 80km wave will be organised for the first time as part of the annual event although female cyclists also have the choice of entering the 40km or 160km routes if they prefer.  

Déda celebrates successful Catalyst: Evolve bid

Déda, Derby’s Centre for Dance and Contemporary Circus, is one of 140 organisations to receive a share of £17.5 million as part of Arts Council England’s Catalyst: Evolve programme. Catalyst: Evolve aims to support organisations with a limited capacity for fundraising to enable them to attract more private giving.

The Evolve fund will help Déda to develop successful and sustainable fundraising activities by providing the tools and resources to raise funds.  A large part of the grant will be used to match fund donations from visitors and patrons for the first time.

Healthwatch Derbyshire Summer Roadshow

Public watchdog Healthwatch Derbyshire has hit the road in an eye-catching Volkswagon camper van to ask local people about their views and experiences of health and social care services in the county.

Local Talent Invited To Perform at Derby Festé Milestone

Derbyshire-based performers are being invited to apply to be part of the tenth annual Derby Festé which will return to the city centre on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 September with a packed programme of spectacular family entertainment.
On Saturday the Cathedral Quarter, St Peters Quarter and Intu Derby shopping centre will be a bustling hub of street entertainment featuring more than 20 different acts including dance, aerial performance, theatre, comedy and contemporary circus.

Three Is The Magic Number

It is often said that good things come in threes, and this is definitely true at StraightCurves, a small business based in the heart of Chesterfield delivering arts and crafts education to all ages: 2016 has seen their 3rd Birthday, a Chesterfield Retail Awards win (third time lucky!) and now they have three sewing tutors, including a Great British Sewing Bee Semi-Finalist!

A Level Students Face Nervous Wait For Results

Thousands of young people across Derbyshire are nervously waiting for their A level exam results which will be published on Thursday August 18.

They include more than 300 students at Derby College’s Joseph Wright sixth form centre who are hoping to emulate the success of last year’s cohort - achieving a 98% pass rate overall with 66% of them gaining A* to C grades.

Celebrating Improvements To Young Carers’ Services

A 12 month partnership project to raise greater awareness of the plight of young carers in Derbyshire will culminate in a celebration event on Friday July 29 in Matlock.

An initial report last year by Healthwatch Derbyshire, the county’s health and social care watchdog, highlighted the experiences of many of the county’s 1,600 young carers. This led to a number of information sharing events and pledges by health and social care providers and commissions to improve access to and involvement in services across the county.

Fete Planned For City’s Market Place

A group of trainees from Rolls-Royce plc have teamed up with Derby-based regional orchestra Sinfonia Viva to organise a family fun day in the city’s Cathedral Quarter on Saturday August 27.

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