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Acquisition Further Paves the Way For Visitor Attraction

Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust have bought six derelict cottages overlooking a stretch of disused canal in Draycott that it is planning to restore.

The cottages are at the start of the Draycott ‘Golden Mile’ between Hopwell Road and Derby Road which will be the first stretch of the former 13 mile waterway that the Trust plans to restore into a visitor attraction.

Detailed plans and feasibility studies will now be drawn up for the future use of the cottages near Hopwell Road which have cost £175,000 to buy. 

What’s On At Cromford Mills OCTOBER 2017

Wednesday 11th October



Location: Arkwright’s Café


Join us for a morning of knitting and nattering. This drop in session is suitable for anyone who wants to knit, learn to knit or just fancies a chat!

For further details please visit or phone 01629 823256.



Thursday 12th October

7pm (includes cheese and wine 7pm-7:30pm)

What’s On At Cromford Mills SEPTEMBER 2017

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd September


Location: Cromford Mills

FREE ENTRY (small charge for some activities)

Step back in time and experience life in Georgian times. Chat with the village folk and mingle with the gentry – and learn all about the traditions and customs of this period in time with three days of events for all ages. Why not come dressed in Georgian costume too!


JOHNNY Dysfunctional describes his latest role in tonight’s Buxton Fringe show (Thursday July 20) as his toughest – because he must keep quiet!

In five previous fringe productions the versatile Dysfunctional, based in Buxton, has performed as Elvis, John Lennon, a barmy airline pilot and even a Karen Carpenter tribute act.

“Because of the surprise element people still talk of the Karen Carpenter show and afterwards that was repeated in the south of England. Another fringe show won an award, so it hasn’t gone badly in Buxton,” he said.

Dream Fund opens for applications (England, Scotland & Wales)

Supported by players of the People's Postcode Lottery, the next round of the Dream Fund is open for applications on the 14th July 2017. The Dream Fund offers charitable organisations in the UK to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project. The total award fund of £3,000,000 will be awarded as grants of up to £1,000,000.

ScottishPower Foundation opens for applications (UK)

Deadline: 31st July

The ScottishPower Foundation, a registered Scottish charity operating independently of ScottishPower, offers funding to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations based and working across Great Britain. Grants of between £25,000 and £250,000 are available for projects addressing the following themes:

Welding Project Yields First Customer Order

A group of Fabrication and Welding students have delivered the first of their specially-designed salt and pepper pot holders to take pride of place on the tables in the College’s Engine Shed restaurant at the Roundhouse campus.

Game On For Derby Business Community

Nearly 200 people from businesses and organisations across Derby took part in the first ever Derby Business Games on Thursday July 6 – designed to be the grown up version of the traditional school sports day.

Teams of eight competed in a wide range of competitions from rounders and dodgeball to egg and wheelbarrow races in the event.  It was hosted by the University of Derby at Kedleston Road, organised by Derby-based HUUB Events and sponsored by Timms Solicitors.

The afternoon finished with relays and a tug of war finale before trophies and medals were presented.