July 2017

What’s On At Cromford Mills OCTOBER 2017

Wednesday 11th October



Location: Arkwright’s Café


Join us for a morning of knitting and nattering. This drop in session is suitable for anyone who wants to knit, learn to knit or just fancies a chat!

For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.



Thursday 12th October

7pm (includes cheese and wine 7pm-7:30pm)

What’s On At Cromford Mills SEPTEMBER 2017

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd September


Location: Cromford Mills

FREE ENTRY (small charge for some activities)

Step back in time and experience life in Georgian times. Chat with the village folk and mingle with the gentry – and learn all about the traditions and customs of this period in time with three days of events for all ages. Why not come dressed in Georgian costume too!


JOHNNY Dysfunctional describes his latest role in tonight’s Buxton Fringe show (Thursday July 20) as his toughest – because he must keep quiet!

In five previous fringe productions the versatile Dysfunctional, based in Buxton, has performed as Elvis, John Lennon, a barmy airline pilot and even a Karen Carpenter tribute act.

“Because of the surprise element people still talk of the Karen Carpenter show and afterwards that was repeated in the south of England. Another fringe show won an award, so it hasn’t gone badly in Buxton,” he said.

Dream Fund opens for applications (England, Scotland & Wales)

Supported by players of the People's Postcode Lottery, the next round of the Dream Fund is open for applications on the 14th July 2017. The Dream Fund offers charitable organisations in the UK to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project. The total award fund of £3,000,000 will be awarded as grants of up to £1,000,000. Applications for innovative, creative, original, and present projects that are a genuine ‘dream' submitted by partnerships of at least two charitable organisations (one must be a registered charity) are invited.

ScottishPower Foundation opens for applications (UK)

Deadline: 31st July

The ScottishPower Foundation, a registered Scottish charity operating independently of ScottishPower, offers funding to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations based and working across Great Britain. Grants of between £25,000 and £250,000 are available for projects addressing the following themes:

Welding Project Yields First Customer Order

A group of Fabrication and Welding students have delivered the first of their specially-designed salt and pepper pot holders to take pride of place on the tables in the College’s Engine Shed restaurant at the Roundhouse campus.

Game On For Derby Business Community

Nearly 200 people from businesses and organisations across Derby took part in the first ever Derby Business Games on Thursday July 6 – designed to be the grown up version of the traditional school sports day.

Teams of eight competed in a wide range of competitions from rounders and dodgeball to egg and wheelbarrow races in the event.  It was hosted by the University of Derby at Kedleston Road, organised by Derby-based HUUB Events and sponsored by Timms Solicitors.

The afternoon finished with relays and a tug of war finale before trophies and medals were presented.

Jenson Button Trust Triathlon To Support Local Young People

Organisers of next month’s Jenson Button Trust Triathlon in Derby have announced that all the money raised by the event will be donated entirely to help local young people.

Barnardo’s are the charity partner for the JBTT which will be held at Markeaton Park on Sunday July 23

A proportion of the entry fee and individual entrants’ own fund raising efforts will go to the charity’s Leaving Care Services in Derbyshire which aims to bridge the gap for children between living in care and the adult world.

Derby College Hosts Chief Constable First Young People’s Engagement Visit

Students at Derby College’s Roundhouse were recently selected to be the first young people in the county to officially meet the new Derbyshire Police Chief Constable Peter Goodman.

Mr Goodman met with students on the College’s Transitions programme which provides individual support for young people looking to progress onto a full time College programme or work.

Graduating Students Become Part of the Furniture at Déda

The achievements of the first students to graduate from the University of Derby BA Hons Dance degree – based at regional dance house Déda in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter - have been honoured with the first seat plaque at the venue’s theatre.

The Dance degree was launched by the University and Déda in September 2014 and is the only one in the country to be based at a dance house with access to work experience at this and other arts partners’ venues.

Budding Authors And Actors Close Third Derby Book Festival

Students from Derby College who are recent arrivals to Derby from across the world have compiled a book of stories about the land of their birth, family memories and personal challenges.  The book was officially launched at the final event of this summer’s third Derby Book Festival.

The 28 young people, whose first language is not English, are on Derby College’s Lexis intensive language programme.

Construction Students Win Record Medal Tally

Construction students at Derby College won their largest tally of medals in the regional Skillbuild competition held recently at Leicester College.

Twelve Colleges from the Midlands and Yorkshire regions entered 77 students into the different competitions which included set tasks in Brickwork, Painting and Decorating, Joinery and Plastering.

Celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Derbyshire

In July the Rotary Club of Derby sees the start of its 100th year of existence. To launch this significant milestone year a fabulous concert will take place at Derby Cathedral on Saturday 8th July. The programme features one half of the internationally renowned Opera Babes, Karen England, with the well known and much admired Derbyshire choirs, The Dalesmen and The Derventio singing a selection of popular music.


In Derby is pleased to announce that Markeaton Park has been awarded TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence based on the consistently great reviews earned by the park.

Derby’s most visited park currently has a 4.5 (out of 5) star rating on TripAdvisor gained from over 170 visitor reviews, with top comments about the park focusing on the paddling pool and the Craft Village.


It might be summer, and the only ice that many are probably thinking about is in their drink, but Derby LIVE is pleased to announce that the Cathedral Quarter 3aaa Christmas Ice Rink tickets are now on sale. Opening for its 8th Year in Derby’s Market Place, the fun begins on 1 December 2017 and runs until 2 January 2018. Tickets are already on sale and are priced between £6.50 and £8.50, with concessions up to £7.50.

Derby Theatre to hold Peter Pan auditions for young people

Derby Theatre Studio Sunday 30 July, various time slots 
Derby Theatre are looking for young people aged 9-16 to be in their big family-friendly production for the festive season, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan adapted by Neil Bartlett.  
On Sunday 30 July, group auditions will be held for young people who are interested in appearing in the production, which will run in the Main House at Derby Theatre from Saturday 2 December until Saturday 6 January. 

No Hungry Kid - Derby

After a report was released claiming that children on Free School meals lose weight during the 6 weeks summer holiday, we are taking action. We aim to feed a minimum of 30 children that are entitled to free school meals this summer. For us to complete this objective we need the support of the community of Derby. We need -

Surtal Arts Presents: Derby Mela In Association with Akaal Channel

Saturday 22nd July 2017 – 12.00-18.00

Surtal Arts is delighted to bring you the ‘Derby Mela’, in conjunction with Derby City Council’s Diversity Event ‘In-Sync’.

Join us for a fun packed festival with locations all over the city celebrating arts from Southern Asia and debuting our exciting work from the Surtal Arts Connect project.

Derby Theatre remains as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and receives an uplift in funding

Derby Theatre is thrilled to announce that it will remain as part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, plus receive an uplift in funding, which will result in it receiving a total amount of £3,180,000 over the next four years (£795,000 per annum), a £1,180,000 uplift on current funding to support key strands of the Theatre’s programme of work from 2018 to 2022. 


Award-winning comedian and writer Sarah Millican is set to perform at Derby Arena on Sunday 1 July 2018 as part of her latest UK stand-up tour. Priority tickets are available to Derby LIVE customers on Thursday 29 June at 10am.

Sarah Millican isn’t a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see? Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? Then so are you!


Survey work is underway this week at Moorways in preparation for the proposed new swimming pool complex.

Leading engineering consultants Curtins have been appointed to carry out geo-environmental investigations on the site to help develop detailed designs for the new swimming pool complex. As part of the work a ground team will be drilling down to 15 metres to assess the ground conditions.

Barbara Ward Children’s Charity Funding (UK)

Charities and organisations helping children who are disadvantaged in some respect can apply for grants from the Barbara Ward Children's Charity. Causes that have previously received funding include educational projects, holidays, care and respite, health and well-being, sport, play and leisure. Grants may also be awarded to charities supporting adults with learning difficulties. Recent awards have ranged from £1,350 to £21,000 and have been used to support both one-off donations and project-related grants for 2-5 years.

Equipment Grants for mentally & physically disadvantaged children (UK)

Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Wooden Spoon Society's Capital Grants programme. Wooden Spoon the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports mentally, physically disadvantaged children. Through the programme funding is available for:

•             Buildings and extensions

•             Equipment & activity aids

•             Sensory rooms and gardens

•             Playgrounds and sports areas

•             Transport

•             Soft playrooms.

Newly published Arts in Health: Designing and Researching Interventions

Newly published Arts in Health: Designing and Researching Interventions provides a complete overview of how to go about undertaking research and practice in the field of arts in health. Part I explores the context for arts in health interventions, including the history of the use of arts in health and the theoretical and political developments that have laid the foundations for its flourishing. Part II examines how to design an arts in health intervention, develop partnerships and find funding and considers the sensitivities around working in healthcare.

New Facilities for Headquarters Customers

A long-established hair salon in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter has adapted its premises to support customers with specific needs.

Headquarters salon, on the second floor of 49 Queen Street, has created a new private VIP room where customers with hair loss can have private consultations.

Owner Rosin Clarke has completed specialist training from celebrity hair stylist Trevor Sorbie MBE under his unique ‘My New Hair’ programme.

Sweet taste of success for Croots Farm Shop in national food awards

Popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots has received national recognition for two of its home-made products after being named a finalist in two categories of the Great British Food Awards 2017.

Two years ago, the farm shop won top bake for its Derbyshire Bakewell Tart in the awards run by Great British Food magazine. And last year its home-made Derbyshire Pasty was highly commended in the same awards.

Sinfonia Viva Secures Further Funding To Touch More People’s Lives

Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, has been confirmed as a National Portfolio Organisation by Arts Council England and its funding secured for a further four years starting April 2018.

The Derby-based Orchestra has been awarded £192,107 a year for the next four years (2018 to 2022) which is a total of £768,428.

HUUB Meets Hurricane Hannah’s Training Kit Needs

Triathlon kit designers HUUB have come to the aid of Paralympian athlete Hannah Cockroft MBE to provide training kit to match her exact requirements.

‘Hurricane Hannah’ announced her need for a kit sponsor on her return from the Rio 2016 Paralympics where she won three Gold medals in the T34 100m, 400m and 800m adding to her double Gold medal tally at London 2012.

She has since been working with HUUB on her own requirements for aerodynamic kit to continue her training – particularly in the run up to the World Para Athletics Championships in London (July 14.23).

Elite Athletes Gear Up for Jenson Button Trust Triathlon: Sunday July 23

Reigning male and female champions in the annual Jenson Button Trust Triathlon will be returning to Derby next month in the hope of raising the trophies again.

Emma Pallant (28) has won the event for the past two years since the JBTT moved to its present home at Markeaton Park and also won one of the events when it was staged at Luton Hoo.

Last year’s men’s champion was Ben Dijkstra (18) from Loughborough has been combining his training and events this summer with his A level exams and is also aiming to be the first across the line in this year’s finals.

Déda Secures Additional ACE Funding

Derby-based regional dance house Déda learnt today (Tuesday) that the organisation is to receive a 44% increase in funding from Arts Council England.

Déda in Chapel Street in Derby Cathedral Quarter will continue as an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation and receive £1,373,496 between 2018 and 2022 which is an increase of £105,000 a year.

The additional money will support Déda’s work with city partners in developing Derby Festé – the annual international streets arts festival.

Villager Jim's Garden Wildlife New Book Launch

Birds, bees, and a whole host of other flora and fauna that share Villager Jim s garden in the tiny Peak District village of Foolow, are featured in this stunning book of photographs. Bobbin Robin is just one of the regular visitors to the garden; she and her friends have a huge social media audience, with tens of thousands of viewers. Open up the book to see the daily goings on of these wildlife friends in some of Jim s very best pictures taken in this beautiful setting. They illustrate the close relationship Jim has formed with some of the regular wildlife visitors to his garden.

Artists Need Homes! Applications Open for 2017 Buxton Art Trail

The popular Buxton Art Trail is returning this July with organisers hoping for plenty of applications from artists and venues before the closing date of April 30th 2017.

The popular Buxton Art Trail will take place during the middle weekend of the Buxton Festival Fringe on Saturday July 15 and Sunday July 16 with painters, printmakers, illustrators, photographers and craftspeople, both professional and amateur, exhibiting in their homes and studios as well as in the homes and business premises of people who are generous enough to offer spaces.

Pantomime Dance Auditions Announced

Derby LIVE and Little Wolf Entertainment are pleased to announce the date of the annual auditions for our Pantomime Children's Ensemble. The open auditions will take place at Foot Fusion Dance Studio on Sunday 10 September.

Beauty and the Beast will be staged at Derby Arena from Tuesday 5 to Sunday 31 December 2018.

Joel Purnell - saxophonist Peak Jazz, 7th July 2017 @ 8pm

If you've been part of the audience at Chesterfield Jazz Club, you might have seen the wonderful Joel Purnell play his saxophone. It's an unusual saxophone in that Joel has innovated a stand for it instead of the usual neck strap - finding it more comfortable.

He's just as innovative when playing said saxophone too!

Play Time at Buxton Fringe

Play Time is the first full-length play from the award-winning Of Mice Theatre, the theatre company of TV comedy writer-performers Matt Zeqiri and Oliver Neck. 
Alfie​ and ​Elton​ are in way over their heads. Though they barely know each other, they’ve got mixed up in a nasty incident which has put someone in hospital. Now the powers that be will decide who is to blame, and the verdict is sure to have life-changing ramifications for someone. It’s a lot to deal with when you’re only nine years old. 

Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference

Save the Date 13/10/2017

Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference

Gothic Warehouse Cromford Mills 

Keynote Speaker Stella Duffy OBE founder & codirector of Fun Palaces 

10 – 4pm Suggested donation of £5 to book your place

More information to follow

Inaugural Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference at the  Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Mills,  Cromford Wharf, Cromford, DE4 3RQ