October 2018

nvitation to Autumn Open Studios

I am delighted to invite you to two studio events this Autumn to tickle your arty tastebuds.  I'll be exhibiting my work at both events

Hope to see you there

October - Harrington Mill Studios...

Juggling, Geometry and Classical Indian Dance

Collide in Stunning New Show ‘Sigma’

Gandini Juggling and Seeta Patel present their incredible new show at Déda on Thursday 29 November at 7.30pm. The work explores the creative interface between juggling, geometry and classical Indian dance in a stunning new production.

Vote for Cromford Mills Creative Cluster and Gateway to the World Heritage Site

Cromford Mills has been shortlisted as one of three finalists in the Best Major Regeneration of a Historic Building or Place category of the 2018 Historic England Angel Awards. WOOHOO to them.
This award is sponsored by Selectaglaze. It recognises projects that have seen large scale investment, probably in excess of £5 million pounds, put into saving, rescuing or regenerating a building or place.

Derby College Students Join City Centre Clean Up

Nearly 90 Public Services students from Derby College’s Broomfield Hall Land-based and Leisure college in Morley joined Derby City Council’s Streetpride staff and councillors to help paint, clean and spruce up the streets in part of Derby city centre.

Derby College Chosen For Targeted Careers Training

Derby College has been chosen as one of 12 further education providers in the UK to be part of an innovative careers advice and guidance programme.

Two Derby College Services for Students team members will be specially trained under the Association of College’s targeted programme which is backed by Government funding through the national Careers & Education Company (CEC).

Timms Solicitors Conference Supports Local Charity

Leading law firm Timms Solicitors have presented a £1,000 cheque to Derby Child Contact Centre following its annual Care conference for fellow professionals.

Timms is recognised as a leading Family Law firm with a Care team working across its offices in Derby, Burton-upon-Trent, Swadlincote and Ashby.

The firm organised its fourth annual conference recently in Derby which was attended by more than 90 delegates from across the East Midlands.

Croots Farm Shop wins national accolade for Ecclesbourne Sausage

A sausage designed by Derbyshire farm shop Croots in conjunction with students at a local school has been highly commended in a national magazine award.

The Croots Ecclesbourne Sausage was created by butchers at Croots Farm Shop in Duffield and students at Ecclesbourne School as part of their food tech studies.

Now it has been highly commended in the Great British Food Awards 2018 run by national magazine Great British Food.

Wathall’s Expands With New Appointments

Wathall’s, Derby’s long-established funeral directors, has expanded its team with four new appointments.

Greg Martin, Faye Evans and Anita Fenton have joined the company as Funeral Arrangers – working across the four offices in Derby city centre, Borrowash, Alvaston and Ashbourne. Kaylee Dicken has also joined as a purchase ledger clerk to boost the administrative support across the company.

Timms Solicitors Marketing Investment Rewarded

Leading law firm Timms Solicitors have been highly commended in a national award scheme for the quality of their marketing, social media and website.

Timms, which has offices in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, Burton, Ashby and Swadlincote, and has been established for more than 125 years, were shortlisted for the LFS (Law Firm Services) Conveyancing Awards – regarded as the most prestigious in the profession.

Croots Farm Shop in Derbyshire in the spotlight for Farm Shop & Deli Awards

Popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots has been put forward for the title of Farm Shop Large Retailer of the Year in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2019 – and is asking customers and local people for support.

Croots, which is based just outside Duffield on Wirksworth Road, is celebrating ten years of being in business and has won numerous accolades and awards during that time.

Coffee Morning Total

Students at Derby College’s Technical Skills College in Ilkeston have raised nearly £130 for MacMillan Cancer after taking part in their charity’s World Biggest Coffee Morning.

Students and staff on the Pathway to Working Life programme made 

Wathall’s Raises Funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Staff at local independent funeral directors Wathall’s have raised £211 for Macmillan Cancer Support after joining the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at its Macklin Street head office.

Wathall’s staff, family and friends prepared hand-made baked goods for the event and then invited the public and members of the company’s Derby Dandelions bereavement support group to join in the event.  

Royal Approval For Innovative Derby Company

Water conservation and washroom services specialists HSG has been formally presented with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire Mr William Tucker.

The Lord-Lieutenant and Mrs Tucker joined civic dignitaries including The High Sheriff of Derbyshire Mrs Lucy Palmer, the Mayor of Derby Cllr Mike Carr and the Chairman of Derbyshire County Council Cllr George Wharmby for the presentation at HSG’s offices in Derby’s Pride Park.

HUUB Backs World-Beating Cycle Team

Leading triathlon kit designers HUUB have announced backing for an innovative Derby-based track cycling team which are currently among the fastest in the world.

Team HUUB is a group of cycling enthusiasts who share a passion for the engineering and science behind elite performance sport.

They started 18 months ago by pooling their money and continued their jobs or university studies to compete at national and international competitions where they were soon taking on the world’s top team and individual pursuit riders.

Local Invention Takes Root

A father and daughter from Derbyshire have invented a novel alternative to the growing worldwide phenomenon to hang a love lock padlock on bridges and railings.

Retired engineer Ken Massingham (68) from Church Broughton and his daughter Caroline (41) who is a graphic designer from Littleover have spent the past year and £20,000 of their own money designing the ‘Love Lock Tree’.

The 5m high structure is inspired by the shape of an evergreen tree which symbolises the wonder of life.

Midland Lead Feature in the latest Parliamentary Review

Derbyshire based lead sheet manufacturer, Midland Lead, was invited to feature in the latest Parliamentary Review alongside just fifteen other companies in manufacturing and service representing the metals, materials and fabrication sector.

The Parliamentary Review is a series of independent publications, which aim to share best practice among policy makers and business leaders. Each of its editions focuses on a key governmental policy area, with a variety of organisations sharing their insight alongside cabinet ministers, government agencies, associations and trade bodies.

How ordinary soldiers broke the rules to photograph life and death in WW1

Remarkable photographs taken by front-line soldiers have revealed a completely new picture of life and death in the First World War, an author will demonstrate at Buxton International Festival’s Book Weekend.

Historian Richard Van Emden will share hundreds of photos taken without permission from the military authorities when he talks about his new book in the spa town’s Pavilion Arts Centre on November 23.

In 1918: The Decisive Year in Soldiers’ Own Words and Photographs, Richard tells the story of how close the last stages of the conflict was.

Will ship which shaped the world return to the shores it discovered?

One of the most famous ships in the history of exploration might yet make a second journey across the globe — centuries after it sank, one of the authors coming to Buxton International Festival’s Book Weekend has said.

Historian Peter Moore’s highly-acclaimed history of Captain Cook’s Endeavour concentrates on how a work-a-day boat designed to take coal up and down the British coast changed the world by putting Australia and Polynesia into Europe’s sights.

Autumn adult education courses

Still time to sign up for our Autumn courses

The weather may be cooling, but our courses are hotting up! There’s still chance to sign up for loads of courses and workshops coming up between now and the end of the year. In honour of the upcoming time of year, here’s examples of what we have coming up beginning with the letter C!

World-class artist and LGBT+ activist Rikki Beadle-Blair is 1623 theatre's new patron

Wednesday October 17th, 2018

1623 is thrilled to announce that Rikki Beadle-Blair joins Mark Ravenhill and Dame Janet Suzman as another world-class artist who embodies and reflects what the company is all about.

Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE is a writer, director, composer, choreographer, designer, producer and performer. He has won several awards including the Sony Award, the Los Angeles Outfest Screenwriting and Outstanding Achievement awards.

Dishoom - Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 October

"An absolute celebration of diversity and a truly special piece of theatre"
North West End ★★★★★

Next week we present Dishoom! – a new British-Asian play featuring music from the iconic Bollywood hit, Sholay – as part of a national tour.

We would love to see you there and have a fantastic group deal to offer you…


Notnow Collective presents

Derby Theatre Studio Saturday 27 October, 8pm (and a baby-friendly matinee at 2pm)

Fresh and funny look at parenthood from a dad’s perspective…including a baby-friendly matinee performance

Derby Theatre is proud to present, for one date only on Saturday 27 October, DadMan: The Bathtime Warrior presented by one of the Theatre’s associate companies, Notnow Collective.

Derby Museums launches Let’s MAKE Christmas!

This weekend ‘Let’s MAKE Christmas’ launches at Derby Museum and Art Gallery shop, show-casing the work of the region’s most talented designers and makers in a celebration of contemporary craft.

There is a fantastic range of beautiful products including prints, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, photography, glass and greetings cards. All are made locally and are not usually available on the high street and would make really special and unique Christmas gifts.


Eleanor Kornas - piano
Emma Purslow - violin

will play music by Dvorak, Brahms, Janacek and Bartok

FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER 2018 7 30 p.m.
Wheeldon Hall
Highfields School

Stars and Stories’ - combining Astronomy and Storytelling

A free event designed for, storytellers, astronomers; children’s home managers and residential workers; key workers; creative mentors; teachers and community leaders; young/aspiring storytellers and astronomers plus anyone interested in how working with storytelling and stargazing can benefit their work.

Sunday 25 November2018

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Derbyshire Eco Centre 
Porter Lane 

High hopes for Skyline attraction

Visitors to a popular city park could soon be reaching new heights thanks to an adventurous partnership between two councils.

Derbyshire County Council will operate the ‘Skyline at Markeaton’ high ropes course at Markeaton Park in Derby in partnership with Derby City Council which owns the facility.

The county council’s decision to approve the move has paved the way for the authority to open the course to the public in a three-year agreement with city council colleagues.

Discover: Engaging Audiences through Communication; free workshop at the Broadway Cinema, October 31st

I am pleased to invite you as a previous respondent to Digital Tools for New Audiences to our latest workshop. It is called ‘Discover: Engaging Audiences through Communication’ and takes place on 31st October at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham. The workshops and consultation we offer are part funded by the EU’s European Development Fund and host Universities, including University of Nottingham, so are entirely free up to 12hrs to SMEs in the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire regions. 

Women getting away with murder at Buxton Book Weekend

It’s a mystery worthy of Agatha Christie: why is it that women commit far less crime than men but so often outdo them when it comes to plotting a really good murder?

Two leading experts in the art of crime writing will search for clues at Buxton International Festival’s Book Weekend in November when they debate the issue in Women Getting Away With Murder.

“Diana, Princess of Wales”


4 MAY-1 JUNE 2019 

“Diana, Princess of Wales”

Jeanna de Waal, Broadway star of 'Kinky Boots' (Lauren) and 'American Idiot' (Heather), has been
cast as Diana in a new musical 'Diana, Princess of Wales' which opens in San Francisco in February.
Plans are in hand to take the show to Broadway...... but not before Jeanna has appeared in
concert to open Belper Arts Festival 2019 on 4 May.


Bloody Mary




ADULT TICKET £10      FROM OXFAM BOOKS  &  ONLINE belperartsfestival.org



Matlock Storytelling Cafe are back again on Friday the 2nd November

The Question is...

How many warriors does it take to create a champion? Two to be precise. Two warrior women who have courage enough to outwit an army and fly through fire.
These are the caretakers of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, the Irish champion, who owes his skills and spirit to his mighty “Aunts”.

Have you the heart and stomach to be mesmerised by this magnificent adventure? Are you ready to learn the ways of the wild?

One of Ireland’s greatest legends brought vividly to life by the delightful duo: Storyteller Maria Whatton and Musician Sarah Matthews.

MIDDLETON BY WALKING - A walking festival for all the family

2:00 - 4:00 pm
Riddle of the Stones, Story of Sites of Meaning

10:00 - 4:00 pm
Riddle of the Stones, Other Stones : Other Meanings 1 & 2.

10:00 - 4:00 pm
Riddle of the Stones, Story of Sites of Meaning

Daily during festival hours: Refreshments and activities for children

The festival office, activities and refreshments are in the Playground, Middleton by Youlgrave, DE45 1LS.


Dear friend of The Old Lock Up Gallery,
the gallery re-opens on 13th October at 3pm with Salon 10 - ALL are welcome.
I'm extremely excited and looking forward to the contemporary art exhibition - where the gallery will be showing the work of eight fine artists.


What’s On At Cromford Mills OCTOBER 2018 (including DISCOVERY DAYS FESTIVAL)

Saturday 20th- Sunday 21st October


Location: Mill Yard in the Large Marquee

Cost: £3 per pumpkin

Time: 11am-3pm

Get ready for Halloween by taking part in a pumpkin carving workshop at the mill.

Come along and carve your very own pumpkin jack-o-lantern for Halloween.

Enter our competition and receive a prize and maybe you and your pumpkin will be featured on our website.

Markham miners remembered with memorial unveiling

Eleven new life-size steel figures have been unveiled as part of a memorial to miners who lost their lives at Markham Colliery. 

The figures were unveiled as part of the ‘Walking Together’ memorial – led by us – which will eventually feature 106 figures stretching between the village of Duckmanton in Chesterfield and the former pithead.

Each figure is part of a walking trail which symbolises a miner’s journey to the pit and back home again and represents the 106 men who lost their lives in 3 accidents at the site.


A  Fund Raising Event for The DHT Garden

Murder and Mystery at a Dronfield Hall Barn Bistro - LAST FEW SPACES AVAILABLE!


Coming soon... Artisan and Makers Market 

Our popular craft market returns this October. Why not come and start your Christmas shopping nice and early? Stalls will include textiles, jewellery, silver, metalwork, wall art, fine art, greetings cards, glassware and more!

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October, 11am until 4pm
Dronfield Hall Barn 
Donations welcome to support our charity. 




Art &

The Derbyshire region Design-Nation group are presenting at Art & York, the newly rebranded Art Market York, from 26-28 October 2018.


Donald celebrates 40 years of Festival friendship with a Final Fling

One of Buxton International Festival’s best friends is celebrating his 40-year love affair with the event at a musical Final Fling.

Opera singer Donald Maxwell, who performed in the very first Festival in 1979 and has also been its Artistic Director and Artist in Residence, is hosting a concert and dinner in the Pavilion Arts Centre on October 19, featuring highlights from across the years.

Buxton Fringe announces three weeks of fun to mark Fringe40!

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release September 27th 2018

Buxton Festival Fringe, which is getting ready to celebrate its 40th year, has announced that the 2019 Fringe will be longer than usual with the dates running from Wednesday July 3 to Wednesday July 24 - a full three weeks.


Repton Village is celebrate its literary roots in a new 3 day programme of events from 26th October - 28th October 2018.

Repton Literary Festival is the first of a new annual festival - telling stories and bringing engaging speakers to this historic Derbyshire village.

Politician, journalist and writer Lord Roy Hattersley opens the festival and will discuss his latest book ‘The Catholics’.


The idea is to provide an inclusive, fun social evening that appeals to more mature folk. Carers and their partners will be particularly welcome and volunteer dancers and foot tappers will take to the dance floor with any guests.

The first event was held on Weds 26th September at The Shoulder in Hardstoft; for more information about “Still Dancing” call Karen on 07817191272 or email: karen.waldram1@btinternet.com   

Derbyshire Woodland Festival a great success!

People from near and far flocked to our 18th annual Woodland Festival at the weekend in the grounds of Elvaston Castle Country Park.

The weather improved as the weekend got underway and 10,000 visitors enjoyed a weekend of traditional and contemporary woodland crafts, including wild food demonstrations and survival crafts.

Two new attractions this year – the recreation of a Viking village and entertainment from an 18 foot tall tree puppet were very popular.

Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Simon Spencer said:

The Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Funding Scheme

Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has invited community groups, non-profit making organisations and third sector organisations to work with him to deliver his priorities at a local level.

Large grants of between £2,501 and £25,000 are available for up to 12-months of activity.

These grants are to provide funding to promote partnership working with the Commissioner and help to deliver the objectives of his Police & Crime Plan. These objectives include: