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Poem a Month – December 2016

Well, it is with sadness that I have to say that this is the final poem both of 2016, and of  the Derbyshire Poem a Month blog.  It's been wonderful sharing poems with you all over the last 7 years and I'd like to thank all of the poets who have allowed us to feature their poems, my fellow poem a month bloggers Will and Priscilla, and to you all for following and commenting on the poems.
We're finishing on a high with this wonderful poem, First Bike,  by Jacob Polley.  Enjoy the poetry. - Ali

Opening Night Plans for Cathedral Quarter 3aaa Ice Rink and Market Hall Winter Wonderland

The Cathedral Quarter 3aaa ice rink will officially open on Thursday December 1 with the magic from the nearby Market Hall’s Winter Wonderland, produced by Furthest From the Sea, adding extra festive flavour to the evening.

The launch event will begin with characters from the Market Hall Winter Wonderland taking to the ice between 4pm and 5pm whilst there will be musical entertainment under the Guildhall arches by Newhall Brass Band during the afternoon and early evening courtesy of the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID).

Merrill Academy Learners Learn Portrait Skills

GCSE Art & Design learners joined a workshop by London-based artist Edward Sutcliffe as part of a programme organised by NEMCON (North East Midlands Collaborative Outreach Network) which was hosted by the University of Derby.

Mr Sutcliffe specialises in portrait painting and has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery. After talking about the fundamentals of portrait painting, he coached the pupils during a workshop session.

Coalfields Regeneration Trust Investment Programme Opens for Applications (England)

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has announced that the Coalfields Community Investment Programme is now open for applications. The Coalfields Community Investment Programme make grants of up to £10,000 (£5,000 for capital costs) to community groups that:

    Help people gain the skills they need in order to increase their opportunities
    Increase the number of people in work
    Improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups.

Prickly Pair Join Animal Unit at Derby College Broomfield Hall

Animal Care learners at Derby College have welcomed two new residents to their department at Broomfield Hall who they will be caring for over the winter months.

Two young male hedgehogs, who learners have named Fall and Autumn, have been found in local gardens and are too underweight to survive hibernation over the coming months.

They will therefore be housed in a special indoor hutch and kept awake whilst they gain weight before being released back into the wild next Spring.

New Programme to improve quality of support for Deaf learners

Derby College has launched a new study programme for people aspiring to work with Deaf learners.

The Communication Support Work for Deaf Learners programme is the only one available in the Midlands and is aimed at people who want to become a qualified communication support worker.

The level three programme will start in January 2017 with sessions held one Saturday a month at the College’s flagship vocational campus at the Roundhouse in Pride Park, Derby.

Christmas Skills On Offer at Derby College

Derby College has launched a special programme to help people make their own festive decorations.

The short courses will be held at the Roundhouse, Joseph Wright and Broomfield Hall campuses in the coming weeks as part of the College’s Learning for Leisure programme - designed to introduce local people to new skills and hobbies.

Two-hour workshops in December will be held on making gingerbread houses, door wreaths, ceramics, bunting, reindeer and table decorations and vouchers are available to buy the courses as an early Christmas present.