June 2018

Sum Secured For JWC Rag Week

Students and staff at Derby College’s Joseph Wright Centre have raised just over £1,000 for three charities at their annual RAG week.

A wide range of competitions and activities were organised throughout the week and the money raised has been split between local charities Children First Derby, The Breakfast Club initiative in the city which is the College’s designated charity this year and to Cancer Research UK.

Silver Medal 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 have won a Silver medal for their exhibit at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

The volunteers have been working alongside Broomfield Hall’s Head Gardener Samantha Harvey and entered the long border competition at the show with their exhibit, entitled ‘Rhythm of Colour’ - inspired by the long border at Broomfield Hall Gardens.

Open House At Broomfield Hall

Derby College’s Broomfield Hall will hold its annual open day on Sunday June 17 between 10am and 4pm with a wide range of family-friendly activities and demonstrations by students.

There will be a number of have a go activities - including tree climbing, sports and feeding some of the animals.

Timms Solicitors Support Grassroots Girls Football

Timms Solicitors are playing their part in supporting young players to embrace the growing stature and opportunities in women’s football by sponsoring Duffield Dynamos Under 10 girls team.

Timms have supplied new kit for the team who train on Sunday morning at Eyes Meadow in Duffield.

Manager Robert Jeffery said: “As a Football Association Charter Standard Club we are proud to have a thriving girls section as part of our 400-strong club.

Treat Yourselves At Roundhouse Street Feast

Derby College’s Roundhouse Events team will host their first street food festival on Saturday August 4 – bringing a tasty mix of food, themed bars, live music and much more to the iconic Roundhouse in Pride Park.

The Roundhouse Street Feast will open at 11am and continue until 9pm.

As well as a wide selection of top notch street food and bars, there will be a variety of entertainment and competitions.

There will also be the chance to browse along Market Street and buy some unique gifts from a great selection of pop up shops.

New talented Head Chef arrives at The Derby Conference Centre

Guests of The Derby Conference Centre are now enjoying a refreshed dining experience thanks to the launch of a range of new menus created by their talented new Head Chef, Matthew Slack.


As an experienced chef who has worked his way up to senior positions in local restaurants offering quality cuisine, Matthew hopes to create dishes that provide people with the most enjoyable experience using quality ingredients and exciting recipes.

Derby College Students Create Colourful Mural

Art & Design students at Derby College’s Joseph Wright Centre have created a colourful mural in the garden of a Derby nursing home for the residents and visiting families to enjoy.

Staff at Amber Lodge in Osmaston Road visited the College to see some of the students’ work and chose a design depicting a sunny countryside scene.

Derby Festé 2018 celebrates 250 years of Circus!

Details of this September’s 12th Derby Festé programme have now been revealed.

The city’s popular annual festival has been extended to three days for the first time this year – bringing a bag full of tricks and a sprinkling of magic to the city centre on Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September.

This year Derby Festé is inspired by the nationwide 250 years of Circus – marking the milestone anniversary of the first circus performance near London’s Waterloo in 1768 by showman Philip Astley.

heme announced for Hannells Darley Park Concert as Classic FM come on board

The hugely successful Hannells Darley Park Concert will once again be staged in the picturesque setting of Darley Park. It is one the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts and takes place on Sunday 2 September. This year’s event will be supported by Hannells, Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Invictus Communications, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Redrow Homes and Stratstone BMW Derby.

An exciting opportunity at The LEVEL Centre in Rowsley.

LEVEL is seeking performers for the SENSE project to join our team to develop and tour this work.  We are looking for Physical Performers and Digital Performers (performers can also be a mix of both).

Physical Performers

You will need to have experience of physical performance, improvisation, character development through physical performance, devising non-narrative structures and be comfortable working with structured improvisation and interacting with audience/participants.

Venue group Underground will be returning to the Old Clubhouse for this year’s Fringe to present another curated programme of professional theatre, comedy and music from across the UK, and around the world. Founded by Buxton locals Tom Crawshaw and Yaz A

Moving on theatre who specialise in shows about artists with mental illness are bringing their best selling show “ María” the life loves and music of Callas to the Rotunda theatre 11th-13th July 

“ We are really excited to be performing in Buxton as this show is about the most famous opera singer of all time and we have been getting standing ovations and amazing feedback” says Laurene Hope Glory who recovered from Bpd in a therapeutic community on the NHS and has been running Moving on theatre since 2012 

Underground back above ground for 2018

Venue group Underground will be returning to the Old Clubhouse for this year’s Fringe to present another curated programme of professional theatre, comedy and music from across the UK, and around the world.

Pieter Egriega as Frank Sinistra in Sex & Drugs & PR

Pieter Egriega, was the 2016 winner of the Buxton Fringe award for the small music group and ensembles. 

Last year he was nominated for his unique piece entitled “Mr Different”, in which he emerges from a large laundry bag and conducts conversations with invisible passers-by, whilst accompanied by a small rumba band, who happen to be rehearsing/busking on a nearby industrial estate.

Brand new relationship drama comes to Buxton Fringe

A brand new drama exploring the joy and the pain of being in love is coming to Buxton Fringe. But here's the twist - it's completely improvised.

“Between Us” is a play which charts the ups and downs of one couple's relationship. The Sheffield-based performers use anecdotes from the audience to inspire the characters and perform their story.


A working class comedy portraying the effects of austerity on ordinary people is coming to the Buxton Fringe Festival. Strife In A Northern Town is a fast-paced, funny play that tells the tale of the inhabitants of a random northern town, and how their lives begin to unravel due to the decisions of the local council.

The Storm Officer - tour dates July/ October 2018

Wild storms, hurricanes and extreme flooding, The Storm Officer tells the tale of one town’s struggle when faced with the realities of extreme weather and the impact of climate change. Inspired by real-life stories of Storm Desmond (2015), and tales of extreme, bizarre and dramatic weather events from the last thousand years, The Storm Officer invites you on a journey of discovery. Exploring what it means to still call somewhere home in the face of adversity.

Fate of iconic Peak District bird hangs in the balance

Author Mary Colwell will re-live her 500-mile trek in search of clues to the growing threats facing one of the Peak District’s best-loved wild birds when she appears in Buxton International Festival’s book series on July 22.

The writer stopped working at the BBC Natural History Unit to track down the truth behind catastrophic population figures which point to the extinction of the curlew from the UK.

Prestigious Buxton Festival chosen to help music charity celebrate 70 years

Care homes will provide their residents with front row seats during this year’s Buxton International Festival thanks to a charity dedicated to taking live music to people in healthcare.

Music in Hospitals & Care picked the Festival as one of the 70 events chosen nationwide to celebrate its 70th anniversary of using music to raise sprits, reduce stress and bring pleasure to sick and vulnerable adults, children and their families.

Buxton resident Fiona McIntosh, who is one of the charity’s trustees, is hoping that all care homes in Buxton will benefit from the project.

Oh what a perfect day: afternoon tea in an English country garden with a brass band

One of the oldest brass bands in the world is teaming up with the Friends of Buxton Festival to create a perfect English afternoon of music and food.

Buxton-based Burbage Brass Band, founded in 1861 to teach music free of charge, will march down a country lane from its headquarters to the home of former Friends Chairman Louise Potter where guests can enjoy afternoon tea in her English country garden.

The fund-raising garden party at 2.30pm on June 24 will feature a medley of music from the Band’s repertoire which includes, marches, opera, ballads and film scores.

Pomegranate Youth Theatre and Gekkota Arts

Do you know the stories of the local women who fought for your vote? The women who used their experience of fighting for workers' rights to help galvanise women across the country? It's time we put them on the map. Come and help us do this as part of NOT WORDS, an HLF funded project which uncovers Derbyshire women and their stories.

Come along to the following free workshops


The Tinderbox Performing Arts centre

The Tinderbox Performing Arts Summer Schools

Musical Theatre School

Rehearse and perform a musical in 3 days

Wed 25th July -Fri 27th July 10-3pm

For 8-18 year olds - £65


Drama School

For budding actors and musicians

Wed 29th -Fri 31st August 10-3pm

For 8-18 year olds - £65 (individual days available)


Arts Festival 2018- Chesterfield College

Chesterfield Collage announce the schedule for their 2018 Arts Festival set to take place in June. From film to photography, ceramics to fashion, the event is a real celebration of everything creative.

If you'd like to book a school visit please email marketingteam@chesterfield.ac.uk and we will arrange for you.

Here is a quick rundown of what's happening at this year's festival: