May 2018

Derby Dandelions Boost Fundraising Total For Local Charity

A local bereavement support group has added to the total raised for The Laura Centre in Derby by organising yet more fun and games for participants at the charity’s recent Colour Blast Dash in Darley Park.

Derby Dandelions holds monthly social group meetings in Derby and Ashbourne to offer support to anyone suffering bereavement. 

The group is run by family-owned funeral directors G Wathall & Son which celebrates its 160th anniversary this year – making it the city’s longest established independent funeral directors.

Game On For Derby Business Community

More than 15 teams from local companies have so far entered the second annual Derby Business Games with limited places still available.

The Derby Business Games will be held on Thursday July 19 2018 at the University of Derby in Kedleston Road – organised by Derby-based Choose Sports and Timms Solicitors.

Derby Business Games is designed to be a ‘grown up’ version of the school sports day.

Join the NWG Team - Recruitment Opportunity

Since July 2011 the NWG Network has continued to grow and develop. Now supporting more than 14,000 members across the Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic Youth Participation Lead who can demonstrate creative methods of ensuring we can continue to encourage and develop youth participation through a range of opportunities with our network.

Job title: Youth Participation Lead 

Derby College Recognised As Autism Friendly

Derby College has become the first further education college in the East Midlands to be officially recognised by Autism East Midlands for its work to support students with Autism.

The College has developed a wide range of measures to support prospective and current students and to raise awareness of autism in the local community.

Derby College Answers Call For Memorial Garden Restoration

Staff and students at Derby College have helped restore the memorial garden at The 3aaa County Ground, dedicated to loyal supporters of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

They have revitalised the picturesque garden located on the boundary edge as part of the Employer Academy partnership between Derby College and Cricket Derbyshire, which provides work experience opportunities for Construction and Hospitality students and coaching for Sport students.

Chatsworth Date For Broomfield Hall Garden Volunteers

A group of 35 volunteers who help to restore and maintain the historic gardens at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall campus are busy creating an exhibit, designed by head gardener Samantha Harvey, for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in June.

The volunteers have been working alongside Broomfield Hall’s Samantha Harvey to restore and develop the Victorian gardens to their former glory with increasing the collection of plants, shrubs and semi mature trees.

Derby College Students Stage Apocalyptic Showcase Event

Students at Derby College’s Roundhouse campus have joined forces to stage a creative event to raise money for two local charities.

Business students organised a catwalk event as part of their study programme which showcased the skills of the Media Make Up students who created designs inspired by the film Mad Max.

School Pupils Graduate from Vocational Programmes at Derby College

More than 100 pupils from schools across Derby and Derbyshire have graduated from vocational study programmes at Derby College.

Pupils were joined by more than 100 guests, including their families, teachers and head teachers from the schools for the Pre-16 graduation ceremony at Derby College’s the Roundhouse campus in Pride Park to celebrate their success. 

Fashion and Song Themes For Movie Nights at Iconic Roundhouse

Following the huge success of its inaugural events, The Roundhouse Events team, part of the Derby College Group based at the historic Roundhouse, Pride Park, are celebrating two iconic Meryl Streep movies with two special screenings and after-film parties.

The beautiful Roundhouse will be turned into an indoor cinema on Friday June 15 for a one-off showing of ‘Devil Wears Prada’ – a favourite amongst fashion fans of all ages.  Then on Saturday June 16 – the giant screen will show ‘Mamma Mia’ – a must for all Abba devotees.

International Recognition For Derby College Lecturer

An Animal Care lecturer at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall has won international recognition for her pioneering research into the benefits of human-animal interactions with cheetahs.

Stacey Higgs (27) from Nottingham applied to the recent World Academy Science, Engineering and Technology conference held in Singapore for permission to present her MA Anthrozoology dissertation on the controversial subject.

Hedgehog Release Planned At Derby College

Animal Care learners at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall will mark National Hedgehog Week with the release of four animals back into the wild on Tuesday May 8

The four hedgehogs have spent the winter at Broomfield Hall being cared for by the students.  Having now increased in weight and health, they are ready to be released.

The young female hedgehogs, Pickles and Nibbles, came to Broomfield Hall from a wildlife hospital in October as they were too small to hibernate.

Bronze Medal For Derby College Horticulture Student

Derby College student Frances Porter has won the bronze medal in the grand final of the annual Young Horticulturalist of the Year competition held at the recent Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

Frances (22) from Matlock is a level three student at Broomfield Hall and earned a place in the prestigious national final after coming second in the regional heat which was hosted by Derby College.

Derby College Students Experience Lapland Tourism Treats

A group of Derby College students with their sights set on working in the travel and tourism industry have recently returned from Lapland where they gained valuable work experience at some of the area's top tourism venues.

The students are working towards their Level three Travel and Tourism and Aviation qualifications and joined the two-week trip to Kemi under the College's international study exchange programme funded by the European Union's Erasmus Plus programme.

The Big Family Fest

Donut Creative Arts Studio (DCAS) and Fairplay in Chesterfield are hosting a creative family event on 16th June called ‘The Big Family Fest’. The day will include lots of fantastic creative activities such as jewellery making, drumming workshops and face painting. There will be live music and performances from local groups/performers, food and refreshments plus stalls for local makers and vendors. It will be a great day for all and free to attend!

If you have any questions or would like a stall please contact Becky Parker on;

Lovable Goose Set To Land at Derby Book Festival

Award-winning author, illustrator and artist Laura Wall will make her debut appearance at Derby Book Festival this June, thanks to a Derby company which is sponsoring Laura and her children’s creation ‘Goose & Friends’ to help grow the brand within the UK and online worldwide.

‘Goose & Friends’ is now a series of 12 books for pre-school children – each taking the young reader on a fun journey with the lovable Goose character, his best friend Sophie and their pals as they discover the world around them.

Croots Farm Shop and Café in Derbyshire takes part in Open Farm Sunday 2018

Visitors to Croots Farm Shop and Café will get a close-up view of sheep shearing, lambs, a working blacksmith and Shire horses when it joins growers and producers up and down the country for Open Farm Sunday next month.

There will also be a barbecue, music, a bouncy castle, competitions raising money for MacMillan Cancer Care, farm machinery displays and butchery demonstrations in and around the shop based at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, near Duffield, between 11am and 3.30pm on Sunday June 10.

Sinfonia Viva Clinches National Award

A partnership project involving Derby-based Sinfonia Viva, the Orchestra of the East Midlands, has won a prestigious RPS (Royal Philharmonic Society) Music Award – the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK.

The project entitled ‘Classically Yours’, involving Sinfonia Viva, Orchestras Live, East Riding Council and Manchester Camerata orchestra, has won the Audiences and Engagement category of the RPS Music Awards – recognising outstanding initiatives that engage new and existing audiences with classical music.

Cathedral Quarter Lays On Right Royal Knees Up

Derby’s Cathedral Quarter will be in a royal celebration mood on Saturday May 19 with a free street entertainment programme coinciding with the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious will take place in the Market Place between 11am and 3pm.

Billed as ‘A Right Royal Knees Up!’ – the day will feature music, dance and variety performances by top local artists.

Artcore May Newsletter

Artcore May newsletter shines of exciting events and interesting stories to tell you from April and even more stimulating activities coming up in May!
Let us start the month welcoming, Katharina Fitz and Jess Price, the two artists selected for Re-Imagine the City residency.
We are delighted to be a part of the Derby Book Festival hosting the debut author evening with: Mahsuda Snaith, as well as on the Refugee week programme with "Long Journey home" exhibition.

Local charity to host an evening of Art Appreciation

Crossroads Derbyshire would like to welcome you to an evening of art appreciation, fine food and wine, hosted by Ghislaine and Michael Howard.

Ghislaine Howard was named as a Woman of The Year in 2008 for her contribution to art and society and is internationally recognised as a painter of powerful and expressive means, her works deal with the human condition charting and interpreting our shared human experience. Ghislaine’s husband Michael is an art historian and Lowry authority.

JUST a few places on our monthly life drawing session on Sunday 20th May

This month, our life model is Stuart and, as usual, the untutored session starts at 10am and will finish at around 12.30pm, including a 30 minute break part-way through.

Refreshments are available and included within the price but you are welcome to bring your own along if you wish. The session costs £12 and you will need to bring your own drawing materials and equipment along for use during the session.

Festival rolls out the red carpet for gala night

Britain’s favourite opera singer Lesley Garrett rolls out the red carpet on July 6 when Buxton International Festival raises the curtain on its 2018 programme with a gala night of unforgettable tunes from the world of musical theatre and light opera.

Bernstein, Bizet, Berlin and Broadway come to Buxton Opera House for a feast of favourites such as Summertime, Some Enchanted Evening and I Could Have Danced All Night with the Northern Chamber Orchestra and soloists from Opera North.

Lessons of history predict happiness for Meghan and Harry

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should have a happy marriage if the lessons of history are anything to go by, says author Anne de Courcy, who is coming to Buxton International Festival to talk about her book on American millionairesses marrying into British nobility. 

America’s “Dollar Princesses” who married impoverished British aristocrats in the 19th Century not only saved plenty of country houses with their cash  –  they probably saved the country itself, said Anne, who will talk about The Husband Hunters on July 19.

Call for Artists

1. Introduction
Buxton Museum has been open to visitors for 125 years. As part of a programme of
activities, the museum is celebrating with a year of exhibitions, events and artistic initiatives,
showcasing our new digital platform .
BM125 offers a rare opportunity bringing together artists, an amazing museum collection
and a world-class landscape to explore the challenge in the relationship between heritage
and culture.

Cenote - Of People and Places

Come to this concert on Saturday 9th June at The Institute, Tideswell*.

Brought to the village by Tideswell Theatre, Cenote is tonight a duo consisting of Carol Fieldhouse (song-writer, vocals, piano and guitar) and Nigel Corbett (violin, bouzouki and guitar)*.

All tickets £8.00 from Tideswell Post Office and Litton Shop, and online at or 0772 9983005.

With bar!


Arch 468 presents a Theatre in the Mill commission THE CLASS PROJECT


Friday 1 June, 8pm

Written & performed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord

This is a show about belonging. About tribes and families. About the place you belong because you were born there; the places that are in your blood but also the places you adopt; that you pretend are your home and the places you change yourself to try and belong in.

Last Night of the Proms Concert, 23rd June St. Andrew's Swanwick

Last Night of the Proms Brass Band and Organ Concert

All the “Last Night of the Proms” favourites including Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 can be enjoyed in Swanwick’s St. Andrew’s Church on 23rd June when Championship Section Blidworth Welfare Band and professional organist Keith Hearnshaw combine their talents in a night of music to suit all tastes. The evening begins with refreshments from 7.00 pm with music starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 including refreshments and are available at the door or in advance by calling 01773 605291.

Keep up to date with what's going on at Inspirative Arts 

Spring- a time for new beginnings, development, growth and blossoming.

Spring into Spring.

The daffodils are up and the sun is coming out, we have some exciting opportunities for you this spring to nurture your growth and development.

  • Big Dates in Spring
  • Therapeutic Thursdays- Understanding and Managing Emotions
  • Creative Well-being Groups
  • New transition group
  • Do you want to be a creative practitioner?
  • Are you a University of Derby Student?
  • A Marathon in May
  • Easy Fundraising


Flats & Sharps #Bluegrass #Folk #Country #NewMillsFestival #Fundraiser

Tickets now available for our next festival fundraiser - Flats & Sharps This popular band from Cornwall bring their unique blend of bluegrass, pop country and folk to New Mills on Friday 25th May 2018 at St. George’s Church in support of the New Mills Festival.

"...effortlessly entertaining ...sublime five part harmonies ...the pace of their performance is breathtaking - I recommend seeing Flats and Sharps at the earliest opportunity. If you can prove your disappointment, I'll personally send you a cash refund." - Mark Ellen - R2 Magazine


The sixth Belper Arts Festival exploded into life over the Bank Holiday weekend with a
stunning sellout concert, an expanded Arts Trail and the first Andy Potter Community Awards.
The Festival opened with a sellout concert at St. Peter's Church featuring soprano Margaret Keys
and her guests Bel Canto Male Chorus and the Fishpond Choir conducted by Dana De Waal.
The combination brought an eclectic mix of music to
Margaret arrived in Belper between dates in Ireland and Jersey with Russell Watson and prior to

Matlock Music concert programme 18.05.18

Sue Clark and David WinderPiano duets


Organ concerto opus 4 No.5 in F major1685-1759 Larghetto - Allegro - Alla Siciliana - Presto

Theme and Variations in G major K501

No. 1 in C major

No. 3 in E major

No. 4 in A flat major

Brahms 1833-1897 Seven Waltzes from opus 39



JC Bach 1735-1782 Sonata in A major opus 18 No.5

Derby College A Level Students Triumph In Olympiad Competitions

A level students at Derby College’s Joseph Wright sixth form centre have won a clutch of awards in the British Olympiad competitions for Maths and Sciences.

Thirteen students have been presented with awards for Maths, Chemistry or Biology having completed papers in the subjects set by national bodies.  They completed the timed exams at the College which were then marked and submitted for verification.

Dance Fantastic at St Peters Quarter Live

Visitors to St Peters Quarter on Saturday May 12 will be treated to a day of free live entertainment at the Spot between 11am and 3pm.

St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has secured a £10,000 grant from National Lottery Awards for All – Big Lottery Fund to stage eight SPQ Live street entertainment days during the year, also supported by Derby City Council.

The first was held mid April which provided a day of music for all to enjoy at the Spot, St Peters Quarter.

Shoppers’ views at the heart of great quality and customer service at Croots Farm Shop

Shoppers at Croots Farm Shop and Café in Derbyshire are helping to shape the business’s future and its commitment to quality and great customer service.

The shop and café, which first opened in June 2008, asked randomly-selected customers what they liked about Croots and where improvements could be made.

In the shop, the butchery counter emerged as a firm favourite with its commitment to locally sourced meat – scoring ten out of ten. While the café’s full English breakfasts and cakes were overwhelmingly singled out as a reason to visit.

Medal Haul Continues for Derby College Student

Derby College Sports student Justin Taylor-Tipton (17) from West Hallam recently returned from Switzerland with a clutch more medals in Freestyle Skiing.

Justin, a former pupil at Kirk Hallam Community Academy, is studying Sports Coaching at the College’s Broomfield Hall campus and spends the winter season training in Switzerland.

Dronfield Arts Festival!

Come and join us!
There are many free events across the weekend! Something for all the family!

Peel Centre:
 Saturday, Sunday and Monday: Craft and Book stalls, Community Art and Photography Displays

Saturday 5th May 12pm: The Story of Mary Queen of Scots in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire with the Manor Lodge Players.

Manor Gardens (outside the Library):

Join our Dry Stone Walling courses!

Have you ever wanted to have a go at the art of Dry Stone Walling?
Here's an amazing opportunity to learn the techniques and help restore a wall in the Peak District Nation Park.
By popular demand we have two NEW courses  running
17th / 18th May and 21st / 22nd June 2018.
Open to all (not suitable for children), it's fun and rewarding!
Booking is open now through the events page of our website.
£25 Non Members and £20 Members for each 1 1/2 day course.

Russell Brand Re:Birth tour postponed indefinitely

Due to the tragic incident involving Russell Brand’s Mother last week, Russell Brand has decided to postpone his Re:Birth tour indefinitely. Russell Brand was due to perform at Derby Arena on Wednesday 9 May.

Russell Brand’s management, said in a statement: “Due to Russell’s mother remaining in a critical condition following a road accident last week, his promoters regrettably announce the indefinite postponement of his remaining Re:Birth tour dates.

“Ticketholders will be automatically refunded via their point of purchase.”

Canal Trust Appeals For More Hands, Hearts and Minds

The Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust has launched an appeal for more local people to help them in their work to bring the former Derby Canal back to its former glory.

The Trust was founded in 1993 with the ultimate aim of restoring a 12.5 mile stretch between Derby and Sandiacre to connect to the Trent and Mersey and Erewash Canals.  This would create a 25 mile cruising ring with access to more than 2,000 miles of navigable waterways across the UK.

BIDs Secure Travel Discount for City Centre Workers

The Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have negotiated a special deal with bus company Arriva for people working in the two BID areas.

Employees at hundreds of businesses located in the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter BID areas can now travel to and from work with discounted monthly tickets on Arriva buses – saving them up to £310 a year on standard fares.

Travel is unlimited - seven days a week - and two children can also travel free with the ticket holder at weekends and bank holidays.

Dying Matters Event Highlights Importance of Discussing Death

Family-owned funeral directors G Wathall & Son have teamed up with other local organisations to break down the taboos of discussing dying, death and bereavement.

An information event will be held at QUAD in the Market Place on Friday May 18 between 10.30am and 2.30pm as part of Dying Matters awareness week (w/c May 14) which this year asks the question - ‘What Can You Do?’.

Canal Trust Steps Up Fund Raising Efforts With New Appointment

Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust has appointed its first dedicated fund raiser to drive forward ambitious plans to bring the former Derby Canal back to its former glory.

The Trust was founded in 1993 with the aim of restoring a 12.5 mile stretch between Derby and Sandiacre to connect to the Trent and Mersey and Erewash Canals. This would create a 25 mile ring with access to more than 2,000 miles of navigable waterways across the UK.

Toyota City Commemorative Gift

Derbyshire County Council is offering artists the opportunity to create a commemorative item to mark the 20th anniversary of the international relationship between Toyota City and the three councils, Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and South Derbyshire District Council.  The item will be sited in Japan and the maximum budget is £2,000