February 2016

International Date For Derby College Student

A student at Derby College has been selected to play for her native Latvian table tennis national team in the world championships in Kuala Lumpur next week.

Diana Rusinova (19) came to the UK from Latvia with her family in 2012 and is studying Travel and Tourism at Derby College’s Roundhouse campus in Pride Park.  She is a member of Draycott and Long Eaton table tennis club and has represented Derbyshire in UK competitions.

Construction and Engineering Skills Addressed by Latest Academy Launch

Derby College has launched the risual Autodesk Academy at the Roundhouse to upskill teachers and students in the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology software.

IT software and hardware has been installed in a dedicated learning suite at the College to support the study programmes for further education and higher education Professional Construction and Engineering staff and students as well as apprentices and employees at local and regional businesses.

Déda Hosts County Dance Spotlight

Dance groups from across Derbyshire will perform in the county U.Dance competition – Interface - on 24rd & 24th February – hosted for the first time at regional dance house Déda in Chapel Street, Derby. They will perform in front of a panel of judges who specialise in different dance styles from contemporary to hip hop to vie for a place in the next stages of the U.Dance national performance framework.

Event Highlights How To Plan For Better Later Life

Family-owned funeral directors G. Wathall & Son Ltd teamed up with Age UK Derby & Derbyshire to organise an event at Derby’s Eagle Centre to encourage local people to take simple steps to make their end of life plans.

Wathalls were on hand with information about pre-payment funeral plans, bereavement support and options available for funerals, cremations and burials. Age UK had a wide range of advice and information about support available to older people.

Former Pupil Returns to Merrill Academy

A former pupil has returned to Merrill Academy in Allenton as part of a team from Barclays Plc who are coaching young people on key employability skills. Dominic Saneria left the school in 2003 and progressed onto Derby College where he studied IT.  He started working life at EGG and now works for Barclaycard in Northampton. He was part of the team who visited Merrill Academy recently to deliver the first stage of the company’s Life Skills programme – devised to support young people into the world of work.

Wirksworth to launch its first Book Festival this Spring

Wirksworth is already well known for its September Arts Festival, one of the first and certainly one of the most successful rural Arts Festivals in the region. This year, a small Book Festival is planned, for the weekend of the 9-11th April, to encourage readers, highlight local authors and generally celebrate books. The Festival will begin with an evening to celebrate and talk about books, with a number of local celebrities talking about, and reading from, their favourite books.

Cook Off Challenge For College Students

Catering and Hospitality students at Derby College and Buxton and Leek College went head to head in a Cook Off challenge held at Derby College’s Engine Shed training restaurant at the Roundhouse, Pride Park.

The students worked in pairs from each College and had two hours to prepare two portions using set ingredients including chicken, potatoes, mushrooms and shallots and then a dessert of their choice.

Public Sessions Organised to ‘Keep Derby Swimming’

Extra public swimming sessions are being held at two Derby pools next week to encourage young people and their families to keep visiting once Moorways Pool shuts next month.
Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover and Gayton Pool in Littleover will be organising extra daytime sessions during half term next week which are usually taken by school swimming groups during term time.

Urban Folk Quartet at Hollingwood Hub

Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are The Urban Folk Quartet. Four highly accomplished musicians, a dozen instruments and four voices coming together to craft a knockout show of globally–influenced, electrifying acoustic music that has been taking the international folk scene by storm.

School Nurse "overwhelmed" by pupils help

Members of the choirs from Foremarke Hall, Repton’s Prep School, are joining celebrated a capella group The King’s Men in a concert to raise funds for a cause that sadly has particular significance for the school.

The King’s Men is the close harmony group made up of Choral Scholars from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. It is probably most famous for the broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on radio each Christmas, and its companion programme, Carols from King’s, on BBC television.

Buxton Festival of World Cinema – 25 March-1 April

The 4th Buxton Festival of World Cinema starts on Good Friday, 25th March, and over eight days 22 full-length feature films from 12 different countries will be screened.

Big hits such as Lady in the Van, Brooklyn and Inside Out are part of the programme which includes plenty of family-friendly titles for the holiday week.

On now - Fundraising Exhibition for Alzheimer's Society

The Peak District Exhibition at Studio 61 Gallery in Holloway near Matlock is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society charity. The artists exhibiting during February are listed below and they have been very generous in pricing their work for this fundraiser. There are some real bargains to be had, with 25% of proceeds going to the Alzheimer's Society.

·       Karina Goodman

·       John Connolly

·       Ruth Gray

·       Valerie Dalling Photography

·       Jen Oldknow

NCS Gears Up For Community Support Programme

Community groups and individuals are being invited to apply for support from young people taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme this summer.

This year just over 1,000 young people will be taking part in a four-week NCS programme over the summer holidays. National Citizen Service (NCS) is a flagship government programme that provides a transformational experience for all 16 and 17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland.

Local bricklayer in training to be the best in the world

A former Construction apprentice at Derby College has won a place in Squad UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. Zack Lysaczenko (21) from Chellaston is now in with the chance of representing the UK construction industry on the world stage after excelling in the finals of the WorldSkills UK skills competitions in Birmingham.

James Brindley talk

2016 marks the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of James Brindley, who is known as the 'Father of the English Canal System'. He was born in Derbyshire and the Chesterfield Canal was his last.

On Wednesday 2nd March at 7.30 p.m., the Chesterfield Canal Trust is giving an illustrated talk at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield as part of the Brindley 300 celebration. It is entitled James Brindley – his life, his last canal and its unique boats. It will be given by Christine Richardson and John Lower.

HUUB Design Support Greg James Triathlon Challenge

Leading UK triathlon wetsuit, clothing and accessories specialists HUUB Design have supported Radio 1 DJ Greg James and physical activity guru Professor Greg Whyte OBE in their gruelling Sport Relief challenge.

Both will be sporting the latest HUUB Archimedes II wetsuits as well as HUUB triathlon kit which has been designed in Derby by HUUB for their triathlon challenge which will see them undertake a triathlon a day in five different UK cities, starting in Belfast on February 8.

Volunteers Appeal For Derby College’s Broomfield Hall

Derby College is appealing for volunteers to help restore the historic gardens at the Broomfield Hall campus. The restoration programme has been launched by Head Gardener Samantha Harvey who is working with Horticulture students at the College to develop the gardens into a visitor attraction. The gardens were created when the original hall was built in 1873 by industrialist Charles Schwind.

Derby College Students Learn Coaching Skills From Football Maestro

Derby College Sports students recently had the chance to learn coaching and football skills from football legend Roy Keane during a visit to St George’s Park – the FA’s national football training centre in Staffordshire.

The visit was organised by Burton-on-Trent based pharmaceutical company Clinigen Group as part of their partnership with the League Managers’ Association (LMA). Clinigen invited the Sports Coaching and Development Diploma students, based at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall site in Morley, to tour St George’s Park.

Derby College Student Selected for National Squad

A Derby College student has been selected for the England Colleges’ netball squad to compete at an elite level of the sport. Cherese Naylor (17) from Codnor is studying Sports Coaching and Development at the College’s Broomfield Hall campus in Morley. She plays Centre and Wing Attack for the Loughborough Lightning team in the national performance league and, as part of the English Colleges’ team will play against other national sides and in the national super league.

Countdown Begins For Mickleover ‘Great Northern’ Running Event

Entries for this year’s ‘Great Northern’ running event in Mickleover on Sunday 6th March are gathering pace. The 10k and half marathon courses will take place on the country lanes between Mickleover and Hilton and then back to Mickleover Sports Club on Station Road via the disused Great Northern railway line.  Meanwhile the 2k Family Fun Run will focus on the footpath.

Upcoming events at Dronfield Hall Barn

Children's Craft Day

Arts@S18 look forward to welcoming you to the Children's Craft Day at the Civic Hall, 10am until 2pm on Wednesday 17th February. Children will be able to try out a variety of crafts from modelling clay to knitting! Bacon sandwiches and refreshments will be on sale. Just £2 per child (there may be a small additional charge for some activities to cover materials)