September 2016

Dave Berry and friends raise much needed funds for Accessible Derbyshire

Accessible Derbyshire are delighted to announce that Dave Berry and his two friends successfully completed the 35 miles of the Golden Miles walk raising much-needed funds for Accessible Derbyshire!

Gillian Scotford, one of the Co-Founders of Accessible Derbyshire said: "We are so very grateful to Dave, Jeff and Chris for undertaking the walk on our behalf. The funds they have raised will help us to improve the life of disabled people in our area so that they too can enjoy our beautiful part of the country to the full."

Final Chance To Enrol at Derby College

Limited spaces are available on some of the vocational courses offered by Derby College at its campuses in Derby, Morley and Ilkeston.

For learners who meet the entry requirements, there are some spaces in Sport and Public Services as well as the Land-based study programmes at Broomfield Hall.

The Ilkeston campus has limited spaces available on the Construction and Early Years courses and the Joseph Wright sixth form centre has capacity on some of the Art & Design, Music, Performing Arts and Applied Science courses.

Innovative Project In Line For Heritage Awards

An innovative creative project, which celebrated the life and times of acclaimed artist Joseph Wright, has been shortlisted for a Derbyshire Heritage Award.

‘The Enlightenment Comes Alive’ was created by Déda Producing – the outdoor events arm of Déda, the creative centre for Dance, Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Work in Chapel Street – in partnership with QUAD and artist and digital projection specialist Barret Hodgson as part of The Grand Tour 2015.

Learners’ Work To Be Exhibited at DH Lawrence Museum

Work created by mature learners at Derby College’s Ilkeston campus is due to be exhibited at the DH Lawrence Birthplace museum in Eastwood.

Learners on the Access to Teaching and Access to Social Sciences programmes, which are pathways for adult learners to progress onto Higher Education and a wide range of careers, visited the museum recently to gain inspiration for a creative writing project.

Rail Minister welcomes new Employment and Skills Academy

Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP has welcomed the launch of a new Rail Employment and Skills Academy in the East Midlands. The new Rail Employment and Skills Academy brings together Derby College, one of the UK’s largest further education colleges, and the Rail Forum East Midlands, which represents over 150 rail related businesses across the East Midlands.

Wildlife Conservation at Derby College

The Animal Care team at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall are holding two short courses to help local people care for hedgehogs and other wildlife this Autumn.

On Saturday October 15 between 9.30am and 11.30am children and young people aged 16 and under are invited to a ‘Hug a Hedgehog’ session where they can meet Broomfield’s resident hedgehogs and learn more about the animals from suitable feeding to making a garden more hedgehog friendly.

Broomfield Hall Plant Fest

Derby College’s Broomfield Hall campus in Morley will be open to the public on Sunday September 25 where Horticulture students and lecturers will share their knowledge of how to grow a wide range of plants.

The Plant Fest between 10am and 4pm is the latest in a series of events throughout the year focusing on different aspects of gardening skills.

Teenage apprentices right at home with career in mortgages

Two apprentices from Derby College are a celebrating a double success story – as their mortgage broker employer marks its first birthday in business.

Teenagers Nicole Bullock and Alison Biskup are building their careers at city centre-based firm Create Finance. The two have combined their Derby College Business and Administration Level 2 NVQs with apprenticeships as case administrators at the Full Street company.

Festival Focus in Derby Cathedral Quarter

Street bunting will be erected across the Cathedral Quarter this week in preparation for a month of festivals and events planned for the area which have been supported by the Business Improvement District (BID).

Colourful flags will adorn the Cornmarket and Irongate – two key streets in the Cathedral Quarter – and will stay throughout September to add to the festival atmosphere in the area. The bunting has been funded by the Cathedral Quarter BID, Derby Feste and Derby Folk Festival.

Peaty Performance Prompts Local Pools to Recruit More Staff

A surge of interest in swimming thanks to Adam Peaty’s success in Rio and the continued lack of pool space in Derby has prompted Lonsdale Swimming & Sports Trust to step up its recruitment of more swimming teachers and lifeguards.

The charitable Trust oversees Gayton Pool in Littleover on behalf of Derby City Council and also Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover, which it is currently hoping to replace with a new £4 million facility as soon as another local 1.5 acre site can be secured.

Dave Berry and friends support Accessible Derbyshire

Later this month singer Dave Berry, whose hits include 'The Crying Game' will hit the hills of the Peak District to raise funds for local charity Accessible Derbyshire.

Dave, along with friends Jeff Troops and Chris Hermon, are walking the 'Golden Miles': a picturesque, way-marked route through 20 Peak District villages which was created by Accessible Derbyshire's very own Gillian Scotford!

Buxton Fringe 2017

Buxton Festival Fringe has set its dates for 2017 – July 5-23 – and will be open for online entries on December 1 2016.

Fringe chair Keith Savage says: “This summer’s Fringe was one of the happiest on record. Now we are all looking forward to planning an equally successful event in 2017.”

Folk Inspired Classical Music Concert Opens Derby Folk Festival

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

‘Folk Reflections’ will be performed twice at Derby Cathedral on Friday September 30.  The first concert at 5pm will be free to Derby Folk Festival weekend ticket holders and will be repeated again at 6.30pm.   Anyone can attend either performance for a separate charge of £10 available from Derby Live

Ready to roll….Derbyshire MP visits Luke Evans Bakery following investment

East Midlands bakery Luke Evans has invested £75,000 in new equipment which will allow it to produce up to 9,000 bread rolls per hour. The new machine gives the Derbyshire family run bakery an extra 50% capacity for roll making and has been purchased in response to increased demand.

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills recently toured the bakery at Riddings, near Alfreton, to find out more about one of the oldest family run bakeries in the country and to meet some of the 50-strong workforce at Luke Evans, which was founded more than 200 years ago.

Croots Farm Shop hosts ghost evenings for Duffield Arts Festival

Ghostly goings on are being served up at Croots Farm Shop in Derbyshire as part of the very first Duffield Arts Festival.

The award-winning farm shop in Wirksworth Road is hosting three very special ghost evenings which will combine entertainment and hospitality. Running on 14th, 15th and 16th September, each event has a limited number of around 30 tickets available, which include a meal in Shires Eatery at Croots. Only a handful of tickets remain for the Friday performance, however, but tickets are still available for the Wednesday and Thursday.

Show Success for Broomfield Hall

A pair of Derbyshire Gritstone ewe lambs, reared by Agricultural staff and students at Broomfield Hall won their category in this summer's Hope Show. The show is one of the only in the UK to have specific categories for this breed of sheep and the competition was very strong amongst farmers in the region.

Farm Assistant Charlie Bosworth is pictured with ewes Broomfield Flora and Broomfield Gladice.

Football Fun and Games Raise Money For Event Charities

Staff at Derby and Ashbourne independent funeral directors G Wathall & Son have raised £554 for a wide range of charities at a number of summer events.

The family-owned firm attended several community events including those in Etwall, Chellaston, Oakwood, Little Eaton and Chaddesden to promote its funeral, pre-payment plans and bereavement support services.

Visitors to their stand were also invited to test their goal scoring skills with donations going towards the different events’ chosen charities.

Healthwatch Derbyshire Celebrates Pledges To Improve Young Carers’ Lives

Health and social care watchdog Healthwatch Derbyshire has celebrated various organisations’ pledges that were made to improve the lives of the county’s 1,600 young people who are carers for a family member at home.

A 12 month partnership project to raise greater awareness of the plight of young carers in Derbyshire recently culminated in an event held at County Hall in Matlock where the pledges to improve the lives of young carers were marked with an awards ceremony.

Derby LIVE Listings

Derby Folk Festival

The 10th Derby Folk Festival returns to the City Marquee on the Market Place, the Guildhall Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel and Derby Cathedral. As well as ticketed concerts and events, there will be dance displays
throughout the streets, and free music performances during Saturday and Sunday.

The festival is a who's who of folk including: Fairport Convention, The Demon Barbers, The Young'uns, Heidi Talbot, 9Bach, John McCusker, Sally Barker, Belshazzar's Feast, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker and many more.

Young Company Intake Workshops

This September Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre is looking for talented actors to join its Young Company in order to work on a brand new show specific to Buxton. The theatre is calling out to all 13 to 18 year olds who have an interest in performing arts to be part of this exciting new production.


The hairstyles, smart suits, Vespas, Lambrettas and music of the ‘Mods’ will be taking over Buxton Opera House next month as part of a brand new musical All or Nothing, which charts the rise and fall of the Small Faces.

In 1964, a new phenomenon exploded on to the dingy British streets. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod. Mods stuck two fingers up at the class-ridden society and its dull redundant culture. They were working-class free spirits who rode sexy streamlined Italian Vespas or Lambrettas.

The Blockheads

The Blockheads, the band that brought us Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick, What A Waste, Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3) and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, among many others is on its way to Buxton.

Starting out as the musicians behind Ian Dury, the Blockheads are a legendary outfit that has grown in stature from the early days of the Stiff tour in 1977, right up to the present day.  Backing up Ian Dury’s poetic lyrics and rarely off the road since the legendary front man’s demise in 2000, The Blockheads are now working with Derek Hussey.

The Floyd Effect

Pink Floyd lovers are in for a treat this September, when one of the country’s leading tribute groups The Floyd Effect performs a live music and light show at Buxton Opera House.

Swinging at the Cotton Club

Take a step back into 1920s and 30s New York City and through the doors of Harlem's hottest nightclub, in an action-packed show celebrating the music and dance of the Cotton Club.

Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging – whilst dancers such as Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit-up the stage with their breathtaking routines.


Brace yourself for a hearty comic brawling from the hands of one of the UK’s finest comedy talents!  Dave Spikey!

Multi award-winning Dave Spikey is one of the most sought-after comic talents in the UK today.  With a career spanning more than two decades, he has numerous TV appearances under his belt as a stand-up comedian, presenter and actor – and behind the screens as an acclaimed comedy writer.

Recruitment Opportunity

High Peak Community Arts are recruiting a part time Business Development and Communications Manager on a 2 year temporary contract.

Salary: £25,693 - £27,394 pro rata, 2 days per week.

Based in: New Mills, High Peak SK22 3BW

Ideally, we would like a worker to join the team for 2 days / week. But we are open to a freelance proposal based on this fee.

Grist To The Mill, The Unknown Soldier by Ross Ericson at Derby LIVE's Guildhall Theatre

Derby LIVE is pleased to announce that The Unknown Soldier will be visiting the Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre.

Audiences are invited to join Jack in the battlefield, where he stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search for the boys that could not go home, for the dead and the missing, for both enemy and friend.  Amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs, Jack is looking for something, looking for someone. He has a promise to keep and a debt to repay, and now there is this strange request from the generals.

Chinese State Circus

Get ready for some eye-popping entertainment in Buxton later this month, when the internationally acclaimed Chinese State Circus arrives. The famous circus troupe will be on stage with their innovatively spectacular new production Dynasty.

30 world class Chinese acrobats, aerial artistes and jugglers will tour to Buxton Opera House along with the legendary Shaolin Warriors, who are known as true masters of martial arts, stunning audiences with their super-human physical skills and dexterity.

Buxton Film launches young programmers project

Buxton Film is pleased and excited to announce that it is being funded by Film Hub North West Central to run a project to engage young people in the programming and marketing of films.

The project runs until March 2017 and will see a minimum of 10 films being selected for screening at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, by groups of young programmers drawn from across the High Peak. There is no commercial cinema in the borough though a number of community cinemas screen a wide-range of films in halls in towns and villages.

An Evening of Burlesque

Leave your inhibitions at the door and prepare to experience the UK’s biggest burlesque extravaganzas. With a bevy of beautiful burlesque stars, speciality variety artists and fabulous costumes, "An Evening of Burlesque" is on its way to Buxton Opera House this October!

The Hollies

With their soaring, distinctive harmonies, brilliantly crafted songs and passionate performances The Hollies are one of the defining sounds of the sixties.

The group are back in Buxton this month with another two-hour celebration of classic hits from their long and successful career. Their big hits such as "The Air That I Breathe", "On a Carousel" and "He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother" will all be delivered with their usual zest.


TOWARDS the end of 1966, a young Birmingham-born bass guitarist joined the flagging Moody Blues around about the same time as a guitarist and singer called Justin Hayward. After that, the band never looked back as they became one of the most acclaimed rock bands in the world. They pioneered Progressive Rock and Arena tours, and for the most part have remained busy to this day.

Marcus Brigstocke will ask "Why The Long Face this weekend"

Syndicated interview by James Rampton
People have been asking the comedian Marcus Brigstocke, “Why the Long Face?” The answer? He has been looking so glum because of such troubling matters as Brexit, austerity, Donald Trump, cheese strings, Isis, tax avoiders and the inexplicable popularity of nail bars. You can’t really blame him for feeling down about any of those subjects, can you?

Seven of the Best from Derbyshire Recognised in Prestigious Awards

Seven Derbyshire businesses have reached the finals of the Rural Business Awards – the UK’s only dedicated national business awards for the rural community, run in partnership with the CLA and actively supported by the countryside sector as well as MPs across the UK. The Rural Business Awards are sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management Ltd, Principal Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management.

Dog Grooming Success For Local Apprentice

Derby College Dog Grooming apprentice Jessica Peggs (21) has scooped a top award in her first national competition.

Jessica, from Eastwood, is a former Derby College student and is now completing a level three apprenticeship at the College’s dog grooming salon at Broomfield Hall in Morley.

She entered Premier Groom at Stoneleigh, which also went towards the practical element of her International Certified Master Grooming qualification, and came away with first prize in the intermediate class.

Explore your History at Heanor Library

Explore your History

With Picture the Past historic photograph website - Wednesday 14th Sept.
Local Maps - Wednesday 21st Sept.
Old Newspapers - Wednesday 28th Sept.
Family History websites - Wednesday 5th Oct.
Derbyshire Record Office - Wednesday 12th Oct.
All sessions 10am - 12pm, Heanor Library

Free, but booking necessary at Heanor Library, Ilkeston Road, Heanor, Derbyshire, DE75 7DX. 01629 533795 or email:


Derby College Reaches Final Shortlist for IMI Industry Award

Derby College has been shortlisted for a national award by the motor vehicle repair industry body in recognition of its work to train young people and support local businesses.

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has this week announced the finalists for its prestigious Outstanding Achievers national award and Derby College is one of three training centres in the UK to make the shortlist.


Following its successful Buxton Fringe exhibition enjoyed by over 60 visitors, Burbage Art Group is preparing for its autumn season and hoping to attract new members.

The classes run in school terms starting on Wednesday September 7th at the Burbage Institute, Nursery Lane, Buxton from 7.15pm to 9.15pm. Organiser Rachel Slaney explains: “There is no formal course - people tend to bring their own projects and materials - but September is a great time to start when everything feels new and people are rested and inspired from their summer holidays.”

Free Seminars Focus On Bereavement Support

Derby and Ashbourne independent funeral directors G Wathall & Son are holding two free seminars to help people cope with bereavement and also to share best practice with professionals on supporting people who have lost a loved one. The daytime seminars will be held on Monday September 26 at the Grange Banqueting Suite in Littleover.

Local Artist Returns to Little Explorers Nursery with Award Winning Display

Derbyshire artist Victoria Brown has returned to Derby College’s Little Explorers Nursery at Broomfield Hall to show the pre-school children how their work helped earn her a top award at the recent RHS Tatton Park Show.

The Bean Project is part of the United Nations 2016 Year of the Pulse and has involved Victoria and the children planting beans at Broomfield Hall and two local primary schools – Dale Primary School and Weston-on-Trent Primary School.

Teams Invited To Take Up the Flint Bishop Challenge at New Oktober-Vest

Businesses, community groups and clubs will have the chance to vie for a host of prizes in the Flint Bishop Team Challenge as part of the first Oktober-Vest men’s and boys’ running event in the city on Saturday October 1.

Derby-based HUUB Events has teamed up with Cricket Derbyshire to organise Oktober-Vest at the 3aaa County Ground and neighbouring Racecourse Park.

Oktober-Vest is designed to encourage men and boys of all ages to increase their activity, fitness and health. Entrants can run either 2.5km, 5km or 10km in a relaxed event without the pressure of timing chips.

Pool Staff Plan Channel Challenge

Staff at two Derby swimming pools have raised £600 for vital maintenance and training on life-saving equipment available to the public.

More than 20 members of staff at Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover and Gayton Pool in Littleover were joined by some family, children and friends – taking it in turns to swim 1,664 lengths of Lonsdale Pool in a day - which is the equivalent to the 26 mile English Channel. Cake sale was also held at the pools organised by lifeguard Laura O’Donnell.

Another Bumper Year for Derby College

Derby College, which was graded 'Good' with 'Outstanding' features by Ofsted earlier this year, has maintained last year's 98% pass rate for A levels.

Furthermore, 20 subjects recorded a 100% pass rate including English, Politics, Modern Languages, Law, ICT and Biology. Assistant Head of Academic Studies at Derby College, Stacey Adams, said: "We are obviously delighted to have achieved an extremely high pass rate again this year and particularly that 20 key subject areas recorded 100% pass rate.