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Derby College Students Organise Charity Banquet

Catering and Hospitality students at Derby College are organising a fund raising banquet inspired by the characters from Roald Dahl’s books at the College’s training restaurant in Pride Park on Thursday June 22

The Engine Shed restaurant at the College’s Roundhouse campus will be specially decorated with themes from the authors famous books, students will dress up in characters to serve diners.

Cathedral Quarter Businesses Vote For Prize Project

Businesses across Derby’s Cathedral Quarter are currently voting for how they want to spend the prize money won by the area when it was recently crowned the Great British High Street Awards’ best city location.

The Cathedral Quarter awarded prize money of £5,000 and the Business Improvement District management group – made up of local business representatives - has drawn up a shortlist that is now subject to an online vote amongst businesses in the area.

The options shortlist is:

- A Cathedral Quarter Street Party or Celebration Day

Healthwatch Derbyshire Volunteers Appeal

Healthwatch Derbyshire, the independent organisation representing the views of the Derbyshire public on health and social care services, is appealing for more local people to get involved in its activities across the county.

The organisation, based in Milford near Belper, currently has more than 45 volunteers working alongside its ten-strong team of staff members in a wide range of roles.

There are however a number of vacancies and Healthwatch Derbyshire is currently recruiting volunteers to help with public events and marketing.

This Little Boutique Offers The Answer To the Age Old Question!

“This? – I’ve had it ages” is a phrase well-used by women over the decades to deflect questions about yet another new fashion purchase.

And now it has been the inspiration for a Derby woman to fulfil her dream of owning her own boutique.

This Little Boutique has been unveiled in Town Street, Duffield, by Mickleover mum of two Emma Auger – a self-confessed fashion fan.

Emma has spent the past 25 years specialising in marketing a wide range of professional services but her first love has always been clothes.

The Rotunda: A new pop up venue for Buxton Festival Fringe 2017

Buxton Festival Fringe 2017 will see the launch of the The Rotunda Theatre.  This brand new 120 seat studio theatre, housed in an eye catching blue geodesic dome, will pitch up at the Pavilion Gardens for the whole of the festival.  It will boast an exciting and diverse program that will include everything from a South African musical to some of the best solo theatre and a rare chance to see a film about working with the playwright Harold Pinter.

CQ Saturdays Street Circus

Unicycling, juggling and hula hooping are just some of the spectacles in store for visitors to Derby’s Cathedral Quarter on Saturday June 10.

CQ Saturdays Street Circus returns to the Waterfall stage in the Market Place with a host of free entertainment between 11am and 3pm.

Chango Fuego will keep proceedings moving at a furious pace interspersed with his own performances using fire, a unicycle and other unusual props.

Derby Conference Centre go green with new electric car charging points

Derby Conference Centre has invested in sustainable technology and is leading the way in being one of the few hotels in the Midlands to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

The centre now has 14 charging points installed, making them the hotel with the most EV charging facilities in the East Midlands. The business is hoping the charging points will incentivise those using the centre to think more carefully about their carbon footprint.

Fundraising Appeal Launched To Restore Canal’s Golden Mile

Conservative parliamentary candidate for Erewash, Maggie Throup, has officially launched Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust’s fundraising campaign to rebuild the first stretch of the former waterway and create a new visitor attraction.

A ¾ mile stretch of the canal in Draycott between Hopwell Road and Derby Road – known locally as the ‘Golden Mile’ - has been earmarked to be rebuilt into a level canal without locks.

Local Riders Triumph in Midlands Junior Duathlon

More than 250 young athletes from around the Midlands competed in a Junior Duathlon on a closed circuit at Darley Moor race track in Ashbourne on Saturday.

The event was open to young people aged eight to 16 as part of British Triathlon’s East and West Midlands Junior Race Series. It been organised by HUUB Events in partnership with junior triathlon clubs – Derby’s HUUB Sports Academy and Ashbourne-based Peak Performance.