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Carsington & Hopton Welcome All to Their Traditional Village Fete on Saturday 16th July from 2.00pm

St. Margaret’s Church and CARE are once again celebrating summer with their traditional Fete held on Carsington Village Green on Saturday 16th July from 2.00pm through to the evening.

The day is jam packed with stalls including a tombola, tuck shop, plant stall, splat-the rat, coconut shy and face painting to name a few. Teas and coffees will be served in St. Margaret’s Church with a delicious selection of cakes available to eat and take away. A licensed bar and BBQ are also available on the Green.

East Midlands Creative Practitioners Survey

A research team at the University of Leicester has created the East Midlands Creative Practitioners Survey. Previous research, conducted in 2014 with Attenborough Arts Centre and The Mighty Creatives (Arts Council England’s bridge organisation for the East Midlands), suggested that regional arts organisations are adapting to austerity measures but the challenges faced by freelance arts and cultural workers are being overlooked. (Read the report at or case studies from the project at

Derby College teams up with Cricket Derbyshire to highlight sporting career opportunities

Derby College and Derbyshire County Cricket Club are holding an open day on Friday July 15 at the Derbyshire County Ground to outline the opportunities available to young people in professional sports.

Young people interested in the Academy will receive free tickets for the Derbyshire Falcons match against Sri Lanka A, starting at 2pm and then attend an open day at the County Ground between 6.30pm and 8pm to find out more about the Academy.

Local Apprentice Clinches Competition Gold Medal

A local apprentice has clinched the gold medal in a national construction competition.

Jordan Richards (20) from Awsworth is an apprentice at GF Tomlinson – completing his qualifications at Derby College. He represented the College in the Guild of Bricklayers national competition held recently in North Devon and after a gruelling six hours of work – came top out of eight other regional winners.

Children’s craft activities at Croots Farm Shop in Derbyshire

Popular craft activities for children will be run at Croots Farm Shop in Derbyshire during August.

The fun sessions will be held from 10am to 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1st to 31st August as part of the store’s programme of events. The perfect way to help keep kids entertained during the summer holidays, the sessions are themed around the farm and countryside and include creating farm animal pompoms, bee and butterfly weaving, and making corn kernel mosaics.

St Peters Quarter Businesses Join Tidy Up Event

Representatives from businesses in Derby’s St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) joined together recently for the last early morning Tidy Up event before the results for the proposed renewal of the BID are announced.

Businesses across St Peters Quarter, which is the core retail area between the Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby shopping centre, are currently voting on a revised business plan with the results due to be announced on Friday July 22.

Derby LIVE Listings Jul- Sep 2016


The Same Sky – A Musical
Songs & Music by Phil Baggaley – Story by Tim Harvey

From songwriter Phil Baggaley and author Tim Harvey comes the premier of a brand new musical. Set in the Nottinghamshire Coalfields against the backdrop of WW1, Billy, a poor miner and Eileen the pit owner’s daughter are passionately in love. Forced apart by the Great War will their love survive? A story of love, loss and reconciliation told with movingly beautiful songs.

Tue 28 Jun – Sat 2 Jul  - Guildhall Theatre


Feelgood comedy in Tideswell Church this July

Come and see a life affirming comedy this month when Tideswell Community Players perform Cheshire Cats by Gail Young in the parish church.

A group of women decide to enter a famous charity walk to raise money for breast cancer research while also enjoying a girly weekend away in London. So it's on with trainers, fancy costumes and decorated bras as they aim to speedwalk their way to fundraising success. But there are a few surprises along the way and an unusual last minute change to the team.

The Derbyshire Singers

Saturday 9th July  at 7.30 pm at St. Peter’s Church, Edensor.

‘In Quires and Places where they sing’:  Church choral music from the 17th to the 20th centuries. With Anna Dennis (soprano), John Keys (organ).

Tickets £13 (includes programme).  From Robert Young Florists in Matlock, Natural Choice in Ashbourne (01335-346096), or online via the website.