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Explore your History at Heanor Library

Explore your History

With Picture the Past historic photograph website - Wednesday 14th Sept.
Local Maps - Wednesday 21st Sept.
Old Newspapers - Wednesday 28th Sept.
Family History websites - Wednesday 5th Oct.
Derbyshire Record Office - Wednesday 12th Oct.
All sessions 10am - 12pm, Heanor Library

Free, but booking necessary at Heanor Library, Ilkeston Road, Heanor, Derbyshire, DE75 7DX. 01629 533795 or email:


Derby College Reaches Final Shortlist for IMI Industry Award

Derby College has been shortlisted for a national award by the motor vehicle repair industry body in recognition of its work to train young people and support local businesses.

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has this week announced the finalists for its prestigious Outstanding Achievers national award and Derby College is one of three training centres in the UK to make the shortlist.


Following its successful Buxton Fringe exhibition enjoyed by over 60 visitors, Burbage Art Group is preparing for its autumn season and hoping to attract new members.

The classes run in school terms starting on Wednesday September 7th at the Burbage Institute, Nursery Lane, Buxton from 7.15pm to 9.15pm. Organiser Rachel Slaney explains: “There is no formal course - people tend to bring their own projects and materials - but September is a great time to start when everything feels new and people are rested and inspired from their summer holidays.”

Free Seminars Focus On Bereavement Support

Derby and Ashbourne independent funeral directors G Wathall & Son are holding two free seminars to help people cope with bereavement and also to share best practice with professionals on supporting people who have lost a loved one. The daytime seminars will be held on Monday September 26 at the Grange Banqueting Suite in Littleover.

Local Artist Returns to Little Explorers Nursery with Award Winning Display

Derbyshire artist Victoria Brown has returned to Derby College’s Little Explorers Nursery at Broomfield Hall to show the pre-school children how their work helped earn her a top award at the recent RHS Tatton Park Show.

The Bean Project is part of the United Nations 2016 Year of the Pulse and has involved Victoria and the children planting beans at Broomfield Hall and two local primary schools – Dale Primary School and Weston-on-Trent Primary School.

Teams Invited To Take Up the Flint Bishop Challenge at New Oktober-Vest

Businesses, community groups and clubs will have the chance to vie for a host of prizes in the Flint Bishop Team Challenge as part of the first Oktober-Vest men’s and boys’ running event in the city on Saturday October 1.

Derby-based HUUB Events has teamed up with Cricket Derbyshire to organise Oktober-Vest at the 3aaa County Ground and neighbouring Racecourse Park.

Oktober-Vest is designed to encourage men and boys of all ages to increase their activity, fitness and health. Entrants can run either 2.5km, 5km or 10km in a relaxed event without the pressure of timing chips.

Pool Staff Plan Channel Challenge

Staff at two Derby swimming pools have raised £600 for vital maintenance and training on life-saving equipment available to the public.

More than 20 members of staff at Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover and Gayton Pool in Littleover were joined by some family, children and friends – taking it in turns to swim 1,664 lengths of Lonsdale Pool in a day - which is the equivalent to the 26 mile English Channel. Cake sale was also held at the pools organised by lifeguard Laura O’Donnell.