August 2015

Fundraising Gala Performance to celebrate 40 Years of Derby Theatre

To celebrate 40 years of Derby Theatre being at its current site, fantastic audiences and innovative community engagement, we will be hosting a black tie charitable fundraiser, a special
Gala Performance of our big production for the autumn, Brassed Off on Tue 22 September…and we would be delighted if you would consider purchasing a ticket (or a few, for you and some
friends/ colleagues?!) and joining us for the celebrations. More information below.


Carnival Style Entertainment Comes to St Peters Quarter

Visitors to Derby's St Peters Quarter on Saturday August 22 will be treated to a carnival of energetic international music and dance between 11am and 3pm in the latest part of the area's popular street entertainment programme.

St Peters Quarter is the core retail area of the city centre between the Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby shopping centre.

Croots Farm Shop helps Wentwell Brewery to crowd funding success

A Derby brewery has smashed through its £5,000 crowd funding target after receiving a £2,500 pledge from local farm shop Croots.

Pub entrepreneurs George Lambert and Walter Scott, who own a micropub in Derby and a pub in Burton, launched the appeal in the hope of raising £5,000 to grow their original venture, Wentwell Brewery.

The pair ran the crowd funding appeal through Crowdfunder, a website that allows the public to donate money in return for rewards….in this case ale.

Great Taste Awards for Derbyshire’s Croots Farm Shop

Croots Farm Shop has struck gold in this year’s Great Taste Awards, with gold stars for a trio of products.

Croots sloe gin earned two gold stars and the label of ‘outstanding’, with judges saying: “Beautiful looking sloe gin, great colour and lovely ‘on the nose’.”

The drink is made by Croots Farm Shop owner Steve Croot from sloes collected around Farnah House Farm, in Wirksworth Road, Duffield, where the farm shop is based.

Poem a Month for August

We liked the ideas behind this month's poem by Frances Fermer and thought it would be a good choice for the summer holidays.  Frances says of it:

I wrote this poem on holiday in Scotland in February 2015 after watching a beautiful sunset over Loch Ailort.  I stood outside the car in the cold for as long as I could as I did not want to lose any of the beauty of the moment.  It reminded me of other times when I had felt the same sense of wonder. - Frances

Sunset Question

Buxton Festival Fringe becomes 500th member to sign up for Made In Derbyshire

Buxton Festival Fringe has become the 500th member to sign up to the ‘Made in Derbyshire’ campaign celebrating everything that’s great about the county.

Derbyshire County Council is a lead partner in the campaign working with other local councils, cultural groups and tourism organisations to promote and boost the local economy through its products, culture, festivals and sporting events.

Local arts and music groups are being encouraged to sign up alongside businesses, museums and tourist destinations – and Buxton Festival Fringe is the 500th to sign up.

Wirksworth Festival: The Art of Transformation

Wirksworth, once known for its vast stone quarries, is perhaps better known today for its arts festival and, fittingly, the theme of the visual arts programme in its twenty-first year is Transformations. Always a lively small market town with its independent shops and cafés, quirky streets, varied architecture and strong community, Wirksworth transforms itself each year into a venue for the visual arts and performance – a gallery and a stage, with over a hundred artists, live drama and music, and film.