Buxton Festival Fringe sang its heart out at a special party featuring Derbyshire Village Carols at the Green Man Gallery on December 5th. The party was to mark the opening of entries to Fringe 2016 but had a distinctly festive buzz as choir leader Daisy Barker helped by the Green Man’s Caroline Small organised an afternoon rehearsal followed by group singing at the party in the evening. Musicians Helen Cochrane, David Blowers and Dorothy Waite played trombone and concertinas, and Kevin Allsop, Alison Broady and Nadine Weston from the band Simply Layback also performed.
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Derby College has been awarded the top Career Mark accreditation in recognition of its consistent quality in providing careers education and guidance for learners at its campuses in Derby, Ilkeston and Morley.
Career Mark is awarded by the Quality in Careers Standard Board (QiCS). It measures good practice in a number of areas – management, curriculum, information, guidance and outcomes in helping young people develop life long career management skills.
Derby College has published its programme of full-time and part-time courses that start in January 2016 – aimed at adult learners.
A wide range of courses will start in the New Year across the College campuses in Derby, Ilkeston and Morley ranging from Access to Higher Education and Teacher Training to Welding and Dog Grooming.
In addition, there are a number of one-day and short courses available on the Learning for Leisure programme ranging from cookery to pottery.
On Saturday December 5th the Buxton Festival Fringe celebrates the opening of the 2016 Fringe to entrants with an open-to-all party featuring Derbyshire carol singing at the Green Man Gallery.
The traditional singing of Derbyshire Village Carols has had a revival in recent years and the Buxton Festival Fringe in partnership with the Green Man Gallery is keen to give everyone in Buxton a chance to get to know these amazing songs.
Derby College has launched a new programme of taster courses designed to introduce local people to new skills and hobbies.
Special pre-Christmas sessions are being held every week from £10 at the Roundhouse in Pride Park in the run up to Christmas for making festive cards, baubles and craft prints as well as sessions to learn basic DIY plumbing skills needed during the winter months.
Two-hour introductions to conversational French and Spanish are also held at the Roundhouse.
Derby North MP Amanda Solloway has praised an initiative to boost young people’s job opportunities and meet the recruitment needs of local employers.
Mrs Solloway recently visited the Hodgkinson Brickwork Academy at Derby College’s Ilkeston campus to find out more about the initiative to link students with local employers to address current and future skills shortages.
Derby and Ashbourne family-owned funeral directors G.Wathall & Son Ltd have collected more than 650 shoeboxes of Christmas gifts, hygiene and school supplies which are now being shipped around the world to children in need.
The funeral directors have been involved with Operation Christmas Child run by charity Samaritan’s Purse for the past five years – collecting and storing shoeboxes at its offices in Macklin Street, Derby, and Union Street, Ashbourne, and then delivering to the charity’s local warehouse.
Around 600 people are expected to attend a special memorial service at Derby Cathedral on Thursday December 10 – organised by Derby and Ashbourne family-owned funeral directors, G.Wathall & Son Ltd.
Wathalls hold the memorial service every year – inviting families who have lost loved ones during this and past years as well as representatives from local churches, hospitals and nursing homes.
Introductory Course to Natural Perfume Making with Buxton Spa Aromatics
This special offer is for any Natural Perfume Course in 2016 taking place at No.6 The Square Tearooms and The Old Hall Hotel, reputed to be the oldest hotel in England. The special invitation to the course come in comes in a beautiful black box presentation box.
The offer is on a first come basis and ends at midnight on Sunday 20th December 2015.
The East Midlands’ professional orchestra, Sinfonia Viva will start 2016 with a concert at the recently refurbished Derby Cathedral on January 22.
The concert marks the first anniversary of Principal Conductor Duncan Ward’s appointment with the Orchestra.
It will also feature soloists and Viva players Adam Mackenzie (Bassoon) and Emily Pailthorpe (Oboe).
Duncan Ward said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year as Sinfonia Viva’s Principal Conductor.