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Matlock Storytelling Cafe

Imperial Rooms

Imperial Road



Doors Open 6.45pm

Stories commence 7.30pm On Friday the 5th of October

Tickets £7

Matlock Storytelling Cafe would like to invite you to join us as we welcome our first guest storyteller of our new season, the amazing Michael O'Leary. Mike is based on the south coast and will be visiting Matlock for one night only in order to bring us his spellbinding performance of....


The Duffield Arts Festival 2018

The Duffield Arts Festival is now in its third year and is going from strength to strength. The objectives are clear and remain the same as they have from the outset, these are, to:
• Bridge the community gap. Young and old are encouraged to take part together, to enjoy one another’s company and have fun.
• Increase participation, get those who wouldn’t normally be involved with the arts to be actively involved. Whilst highlighting local creativity.
• Help the village to be vibrant, have a real buzz about it.


Are you feeling depressed and anxious, struggling to cope with the stresses and
strains of modern life? Why not join us at Long Eaton Library for our NEW writing
for well-being sessions? Research confirms that writing expressively is therapeutic,
relaxing and good for you, boosting self-confidence and feelings of well-being,
Whether you’ve never written anything but shopping lists before, or been a secret
scribbler for years, come and be inspired by music, location, colour, language,

Save the date- ‘‘Delivering Writing Workshops’ with Emma Pass

Ilkeston Library

Saturday 9th March 2019, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Are you a writer interested in starting to facilitate writing workshops or perhaps you are an experienced facilitator looking to refresh your skills and share exercise ideas with fellow writers? In this session we will cover the nuts and bolts of planning and running a creative writing workshop, with practical exercises for you to have a go at. We'll also discuss what to do when things don't go quite as expected.

An Evening with Derbyshire Crime Writer Sarah Ward

Monday 15th October, 7.30 pm to 8.45pm

Glossop Library

Derbyshire Libraries presents an evening with local crime writer Sarah Ward. She has written 4 crime novels, all set in the Derbyshire Peak District and featuring DC Childs. Sarah will talk about her writing and follow up with a Q & A session.

Her latest title is "The Shrouded Path" .

The Derby Conference Centre to help people celebrate Christmas in style with two more dates for its 1920s themed Christmas Parties

Christmas plans are already underway at The Derby Conference Centre. By popular demand, the Centre is excited to be taking Christmas party bookings for the first time since 2015, and to celebrate, plans to transport guests back to the 1920s in their Art Deco style building for a 1920s extravaganza.

The Derby Conference Centre first announced six 1920s nights in May and the parties quickly generated a lot of interest on social media, resulting in the six initial dates being completely sold-out!

Derbyshire Patient Watchdog Shortlisted For National Award

Healthwatch Derbyshire, the independent consumer watchdog for health and social care services in the county, has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of how it involves volunteers and other people in its work.

The awards are run by national body Healthwatch England to showcase the achievements of the UK-wide network of organisations in ensuring health and social care services meet the needs of local communities and that people’s views are heard.

Folk Inspired Classical Music Concert Features In Derby Folk Festival

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva – the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra – will perform at this year’s Derby Folk Festival with a classical music programme inspired by folk heritage.

‘Forever Folk’ at the Guildhall Theatre on Friday October 5 at 7.30pm will be directed by Orchestra Leader and Principal Violin Benedict Holland.

The toe-tapping programme starts with the raw energy of Bartok’s ‘Romanian Dances’ – inspired by the traditional music played in villages across Transylvania which the composer used to record on wax cylinders.

Derbyshire farm shop Croots recognised in national magazine awards

Award-winning Croots Farm Shop has been shortlisted in The Great British Food Awards 2018 for four of its products.

Previously the popular Derbyshire farm shop was highly commended in the 2016 Great British Food Awards for its homemade Derbyshire Pasty and in the 2015 awards the Croots homemade Bakewell Tart was crowned the overall winner in the sweet bakes category – flying the flag for one of Derbyshire’s famous food products.

Run by national magazine Great British Food, the awards this year had an unprecedented number of entries.

High Peak Community Arts

Finance and Administration Manager

P/T (40% FTE)

Permanent Post

£27,358 - £28,221 pro rata plus Company Pension.

The Finance and Administration Manager will:

Be responsible for financial management and the administration of the organisation’s infrastructure, including ensuring that the Board of Trustees meets its legal obligations.