October 2016

Croots Farm Shop scores success in British Sausage Week Awards

Derbyshire farm shop Croots has struck gold once again with its brilliant bangers after winning awards as part of British Sausage Week 2016.

The farm shop near Duffield received gold awards for its Pork Sausage, Italian Sausage and Welsh Dragon Sausage, along with a silver award for its Lincolnshire Sausage. The awards were made to celebrate British Sausage Week 2016, which runs from 31st October to 6th November and is now in its 19th year.

Customers help J Tomlinson raise money for charitable donation

Derbyshire students are benefiting to the tune of £1,000 thanks to the cooperation of Futures Housing Group customers and the generosity of J Tomlinson, the company that services and maintains their boilers.

J Tomlinson operates the maintenance and servicing contract for the housing organisation, and each time the company’s staff are given first-time access to a customer’s home to carry out work, the firm donates £1 to invest into the community.

HUUB Design announces continued partnership with six-time Ironman World Champion Dave Scott

Multi-award winning Triathlon outfitters HUUB Design are pleased to announce a continued partnership with six-time Ironman world champion, Dave Scott, for a further three years. The continued affiliation between HUUB and Scott will see them embark on advanced research projects and bring exciting new developments to the bestselling Dave Scott line, designed to ensure comfort and breathability in a faster garment.

Buxton Festival Fringe 5-23 July 2017

Latest figures from Buxton Festival Fringe show that even though the event as a whole was slightly smaller than in 2015, it still contributed nearly £400,000 to the local economy and made a bigger splash than ever with high satisfaction ratings and Fringe website hits going through the roof.

152 events resulted in an estimated £48,000 being spent by performers during their stay in Buxton according to entrants’ feedback. Meanwhile figures from the audience survey suggest that punters spent some £325,000 on food, accommodation and ticket sales for shows from local performers.

October Newsletter - The Old Station Gallery


The OSG Open 2016 continues until 26th October - still plenty of time to catch the show at the gallery before it ends.  You can vote for your favourite piece of work in the show and the Artist with the most votes will win the Peoples Prize and £100 worth of vouchers to spend.

First Independent Visits Carried out at County Council Care Homes

Healthwatch Derbyshire, the independent organisation representing the views of the Derbyshire public on health and social care services, has carried out the first stage in its programme of unannounced visits to all Derbyshire County Council-run care homes.

Healthwatch Derbyshire has been appointed by Derbyshire County Council to carry out Enter and View visits to all of its 22 care homes that support older people including four services supporting people with learning disabilities by March 2017 and report back their findings.  

Croots Farm Shop celebrates Shire horse success at world’s most famous horse show

The team at Croots Farm Shop in Derbyshire is celebrating after a Shire horse which grazes at the farm took one of the top slots at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show.

Evie was awarded reserve champion in the Shire Horse of the Year Championship at the event, which is the world’s most famous horse show. Full name Sheepwash Derbyshire Eventide, she was one of two Shire horses from Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, near Duffield, which qualified for the championship.

Derby College Students Harvest Hallowe’en Crop

Agricultural learners at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall have harvested a bumper crop of pumpkins in time for Hallowe’en. More than 70 pumpkins have been collected and are now on sale at the College’s on-site Plant Centre and in reception at the land-based campus in Morley. Agriculture Lecturer Mark Ekin said: “This is the first time that the students have grown pumpkins and they have done a great job. “We have a great crop and have already sold many of them to staff, students and visitors in time for Hallowe’en.”


Reflection and Vision Are Themes for Cathedral Quarter Event

Businesses and stakeholders will gather to celebrate Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) at a breakfast event on Thursday October 27.

The event will be held at Derby Museum and Art Gallery on The Strand with guests hearing from a number of speakers representing the BID and key sectors operating in the area. It comes in advance of businesses in the Cathedral Quarter developing a new business plan next year with a decision on BID renewal due to go to a vote in Autumn 2017.

Innovative Project Recognised With Heritage Award

An innovative creative project, which celebrated the life and times of acclaimed artist Joseph Wright, has won 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, Derby Museums and artist and digital projection specialist Barret Hodgson as part of The Grand Tour 2015.


Derbyshire Regional SAA – Purple and Grey Art Group Purple and Grey have teamed up with The Society of All Artists to create a regional art group in Derbyshire, the group will meet on selected Wednesdays mornings throughout the year at Tansley Village Hall with a program of meets and workshops along with a couple of outdoor painting sessions planned.

Bereavement Support Programme Starts

A free programme designed to give support and education to anyone following a bereavement will start again on Wednesday October 26.

The six-week Grief Journey Derby programme is funded by Derby and Ashbourne independent funeral directors G Wathall & Son. The weekly sessions are held between 6pm and 8pm at Derby Rugby Club in Haslam’s Lane and must be pre-booked by contacting G Wathall & Son.

Pudsey Cash Secures Next Viva Fever Programme

East Midlands orchestra Sinfonia Viva have been awarded £85,057 Children in Need funding to support an extended children’s music outreach programme.

Viva Fever has previously been supported by Children in Need and will continue for a further three years across the region. A group of professional musicians from Viva will regularly visit Rainbows Children’s Hospice, the Children’s Centre at Nottingham City Hospital and children’s wards at Royal Derby Hospital and Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre.  

The National Tramway Museum and Crich Tramway Village First World War Commemorative Sculpture

Can you help provide a lasting legacy to the Tramway men, women and families affected by the First World War?

The National Tramway Museum wish to commission an artist to design and produce a sculpture to commemorate tramway workers who lived, worked and were affected by the First World War. The Museum is initially inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced sculptors.

Déda Associate Artist Explains the Science of Dance

International contemporary dance artist Jorge Crecis, a former Associate Artist at regional dance house Déda, will give an insight into his installation performance at Manchester Science Festival on Sunday October 23.

Jorge developed ‘Through & Out2’ while based at Déda in a collaboration which also drew on expertise from Derby-based QUAD and contemporary dance organisation The Place in London. In this presentation, Jorge will discuss the innovative show which combines sport, dance, science and technology.

Derby College Students Support Popular Events

Students at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall campus have played a vital role in the organisation of two recent events in the city and county.

The learners are all part of the Uniformed Public Services study programme with their sights set on a wide range of careers from the Armed Forces to the security industry. As part of their study programmes, they volunteer to support a wide range of local and national events – developing their event management, security, customer service and problem solving skills.

Nottingham’s Young Musician of the Year Joins Viva for New Year’s Eve Gala Concert

Celebrated East Midlands orchestra Sinfonia Viva will be joined by the 2016 Young Musician of the Year – Nottingham’s Sheku Kanneh-Mason for its annual New Year’s Eve Gala Concert at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.

Cellist Sheku (17) is a Year 13 pupil at Trinity Catholic School and the Royal Academy of Music and won the prestigious annual competition which was held at the Barbican in London in May. Sheku will perform Dvorak’s Rondo for Cello and Orchestra and Saint-Saens’ Swan at the early evening concert, which is under the baton of ‘Mr New Year’s Eve’ Nicholas Kok.

Poem a Month – October 2016

Happy National Poetry Day for Thursday 6th October!  There are several poetry events taking place in Derbyshire Libraries over the next week including a celebration of the life and work of Dorothy May Walters-Godfree at Ilkeston Library on Wednesday 5th October. Dorothy was a writer and poet who was born in Ilkeston in 1918 and lived in the town before moving to Bath in 1960.  Dorothy, who passed away last year, continued to write poetry throughout her life with poems such as  In the Care Home written during her later years. - Ali

In  the  Care  Home

Wathalls Bake Off Raises Funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Staff at local independent funeral directors G Wathall & Son have raised £297 for Macmillan Cancer Support after holding their own ‘Bake Off’ competition.
Staff across Wathall’s branches in Derby, Ashbourne and Borrowash baked cakes and biscuits at home and then brought them into the head office in Macklin Street to be tasted and judged by managing director Helen Wathall.

Families Invited to Roaring Wild Musical Adventure

Derby-based orchestra Sinfonia Viva have corralled a herd of favourite animal-themed music and songs for this year’s Get Creative Family Arts Festival which will be performed for children aged five and under and their families next month.

The Orchestra won a national award for last year’s family concert ‘The Boat & The Blue’ which was performed to a sell-out audience and this year’s date is now confirmed.

‘The Carnival of the Animals’ will be held on Sunday October 30 at the Rolls Royce Heritage Centre in Wilmore Road.

Three Months On exhibition in QUAD, Derby

Artists Dizzy Ink present a new exhibition in QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces reflecting on the time since Brexit. Three Months On is a newly commissioned, site-specific installation consisting of large-scale black and white Xerox prints, wallpaper pieces and more. The artworks take reference from the speeches made by politicians, representatives and campaign media used during the run up to the referendum, using critical points that were used to sway the public to either side.

Luminate Lantern and Light Festival - The Orangery, Derby Arboretum

On Saturday 5 November 2016 5pm - 8pm, Friends of Derby Arboretum, Spiral Arts, Rotary Club of Derby and Derby City Council Parks are hosting a Lantern Festival on the historic Derby Arboretum as part of its community celebrations.

The celebrations are to mark the anniversary year of being open to the public for 175 years.  We are inviting the local communities and people of Derby to come along and join us for this wonderful evening Lantern event.

CUBE café bar to play host to an exclusive food and fiction event this October

The CUBE café|bar in Derby is offering booklovers an opportunity to sample their new autumn menu for only five pounds whilst discussing a selection of literary delights on Thursday 27 October from 7.30pm.
The ‘Book Club Feast for a Fiver’ is designed to celebrate the success of the CUBE café|bar’s book club, which has been running for almost four years, and to encourage new attendees to join.

Commissioner’s Community Action Grant

Hardyal Dhindsa - Police & Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire

"It is my belief that projects conceived and delivered at a local level can make a huge difference in terms of increasing public safety and improving the quality of life in communities. To help this happen I have created a grants scheme so that community groups can bid for funding to help me deliver the priorities outlined in my Police and Crime Plan."

The Community Action Grant is open to voluntary and community groups and local non-profit making organisations.

Derby-based theatre company tackle dementia with exciting double-bill of Shakespeare and new writing

1623 are delighted to present a pilot production of Lear/Cordelia: a radical reworking of Shakespeare’s King Lear followed by Cordelia, a new play from the perspective of Lear's youngest daughter.

Lear has dementia. His children never visit him. He forbids it, ever since they betrayed him and he disowned them many years ago. So what happens when Cordelia - his youngest, whose betrayal was the greatest - knocks on his door? Why has she come back? What's her story? And is there any chance of reconciliation?