September 2019

Sponsorship Secured For Growing Club

Construction plant and vehicle specialists Leedale, which is based in Alfreton, have pledged support for young footballers at Hatton United Junior FC.

Despite being founded just five years ago, Hatton United is already one of the largest grassroots junior football clubs in the Derbyshire and Burton league with 17 boys and girls teams across all age groups.

Education Secretary visits Derby College Group

Gavin Williamson meets staff, students, employers and apprentices at the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college 

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has visited Derby College Group (DCG) to learn more about work underway to better prepare young people for the world of work and support local companies’ skills requirements.

Street Art Success for DCG Students

Visitors to Melbourne Arts Festival in South Derbyshire were treated to a series of street art installations created by students at Derby College Group (DCG).

The level three Art and Design students, who are based at the Joseph Wright Post 16 Academic and Arts College, made colourful and thought-provoking work for the art and architecture trail.

Capita Travel and Events Employer Academy Opens Doors For DCG Students

A partnership programme between Derby College Group (DCG) and a leading business travel and events company has so far led to nine Travel and Tourism students securing full time jobs there.

Capita Travel and Events, whose head office is in Derby, has worked with DCG for the past four years under the college’s innovative Employer Academy programme to better prepare students for the world of work.

Buxton’s Crescent Trust’s Arts Council Programme Celebrates Buxton’s Water

Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust are delighted to announce a programme of celebratory events for the community, visitors, local artists and musicians that will celebrate the town’s water. The Trust are working closely with award-winning artist Amy Sharrocks on an inspiring multi-discipline artistic programme that offers residents and local artists the chance to share thoughts about the town’s liquid assets, to perform and work collaboratively.

Bikes and Buddhas - A Journey through Asia

Based on a true story of a bicycle journey from Vietnam to Thailand, Saigon to Bangkok, but likes those films inspired by true events, which parts are true and which are fiction? You, the audience, must decide!

Our journey will take us to great cities and ancient temples, and we will meet wild animals of various shapes and sizes as well as a beautiful woman, an old monk, a grumpy old man, and a very bad busker!

Pete's a storyteller of some renown and his tale melds traditional tales with his own two wheeled adventures in far off lands.

It Is Now Anonymous Is A Woman Theatre Company.

Sunday 6th October 2019 - 7:30 pm

Crich Glebe Field Centre (DE4 5EU)


It’s World Cup Final day 1966. It’s also Laura & Joe’s wedding reception – what could possibly go wrong? A charming, funny, immersive play, with lots of period pitch perfect details, and a great swinging 60s soundtrack.

Helen Hallows Autumn workshops

Helen is offering creative workshops to encourage our connection to nature and give creative confidence in creating a sketchbook, drawing, mixed media collage and design for stitch and textiles. The workshops encourage you to find your own visual language and promote self expression. You will learn techniques and gain confidence in translating your inspiration into art. Sessions available at the Elephant Rooms, Draycott and Weleda Gardens, Shipley and at The Art Room, Barlow near Chesterfield.

Make this October half term one to remember

In Derby has a fabulous holiday programme up its sleeve to keep everyone occupied and happy throughout October half term. With Halloween-themed activities, offers on racket sports and a puppet-making workshop - this October has plenty for everyone!

Spital Spectacular Arts Fair 2019


A play performed by Certain Demographic

Saturday November 2nd

St Leonard's Church

Valley rd



S41 0HE

Doors 7pm, starts 7.30pm

Tickets are £10.00 from, Spital Arts Facebook page or by phoning 01246  220741 

An introduction from Ian Sharp (writer and director)

Join These BeatFeet Drumming & Dance Workshops

Join BeatFeet Drumming & Dance Workshops for their Derbyshire-based community wellbeing project 'Djembe Fever'. Children, families and adults can attend drumming and dance workshops for free in various locations across the city and surrounding areas. 

BeatFeet is kicking off their project with a series of West African dance workshops, aimed at beginners and also more experienced dancers. Gambian renowned choreographer and teacher, Jokeh Sillah, will be sharing the joy of West African dance, with live djembe drumming to accompany the dance steps. 

Join Derbyshire's Curiousa & Curiousa at Decorex International & London Design Festival

Exhibiting at Decorex

We'll be exhibiting this year at Decorex at the Olympia from 6th - 9th October. So do put this date in your diary - we can't wait to try our new location this year.  New Sculptural Stacks being launched at Decorex International 2019 (pictured here) were debuted at Wirksworth Festival in September.  We're excited to be taking this installation to London with us. 

Midland Lead Produce BBA and NHBC Approved Lead

Superior quality lead products that are manufactured to industry-leading standards is something that customers at Midland Lead receive as standard.

BBA (British Board of Agrément) and NHBC (National House Building Council) accreditations are recognised throughout the construction industry as a symbol of quality and reassurance. Midland Lead manufacture cast lead sheet to the highest standards and have continuously met the high standards of BBA inspections since 1986.

Launch of Rising Star 2020

Each year, Marketing Derby, gives the opportunity for an up-and-coming entrepreneur to receive a complimentary year of Bondholder membership along with local publicity and invitations to must-attend events.

Programme launched for Derby Book Festival Autumn Edition

The programme for the first Autumn Edition of Derby Book Festival is released today (Monday 9 September) with tickets on sale for ten author events.  The Festival, which will be held from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October, will feature some of the Festival’s most popular genres: politics, thrillers and biography.


Eat, Drink, Explore is HERE!

Eat, Drink, Explore is HERE!

We are delighted to launch our new 'Eat, Drink, Explore Peak District & Derbyshire' campaign, giving visitors an appetite for adventure in the area.


Seeta Patel Brings Not Today's Yesterday to Déda

Award-winning Bharatanatyam dance artist Seeta Patel returns to Derby with stunning political performance Not Today’s Yesterday.

Déda are proud to launch their 2019 autumn season with a new production by BBC Young Dancer judge and Derby favourite Seeta Patel.

Created in collaboration with acclaimed Australian choreographer Lima Limosani, Not Today’s Yesterday offers audiences a chance to engage in the most important geo-political conversation of the decade.

Join top junior choir and find your voice!

One of the country’s top young people’s choirs is now inviting new members (Girls and Boys) to join by coming along at the start of the new term on at 5pm on Tuesday 10th September at the Uniting Church, Whaley Bridge.

Glossop Arts Project New Group - MIND THE GAP

mind the gap

This group is aimed at young people experiencing mental health difficulties, please join us to think, talk and make art in a safe and confidential setting. 

You'll help us choose the projects, which may include textile collage, designing a mask, self-portraiture, and creating a puppet. 

Run by a qualified experienced Art Teacher and volunteer.

6-weeks Wednesdays

18th / 25th Sept/ / 2nd /9th/ 16th/23rd Oct

1.30 – 3.30pm


New Mills Youth & Community Centre
Longlands Rd, New Mills, High Peak SK22 3BZ
We always struggle to find enough volunteers to help to deliver the public workshops. So become a lantern-making expert and share your expertise!
Full training in the techniques of lantern making. Experienced and new helpers welcome. This event is free.

The Derby Business Show opens its doors in just 2 weeks time

The Autumn takes place on 26th September at the Derby Conference Centre and bookings for exhibitors and delegates are now open. BOOK your FREE place today.

The event is one of the areas largest BtoB exhibitions for the private sector and will now feature a great line-up of over 40 exhibitors and 8 different Seminars/workshops that are free to attend as a delegate

See who is exhibiting

Now’s the perfect time to get active

With the summer holidays over, the kids back at school and evenings drawing in, seasonal change is upon Derby!

With that in mind, Derby Active has launched an offer to make the transition to autumn easier whilst keeping the people of Derby moving. If you join as a health and fitness member this September you’ll pay just £1 to do so with their aptly titled ‘join for a coin’ offer.

Tideswell Theatre Concert this Friday - 20th September

Sound of the Sirens - coming to the village on Friday 20th September

This amazingly talented folk-rock duo will be performing in Tideswell Church. Brighten your Friday evening!

Tickets available through TicketSource and in Peak District Parlour and Litton shop. Also on TicketSource. 

Helping raise funds from any profit for essential maintenance and improvements to the Cathederal of the Peak through Friends of St John's (FoSJ).

WILD / Life at gallerytop

We have a group of sculptures from half a dozen artists including Paul Smith, back into his studio after his evacuation drama at Whaley Bridge this summer. Paul's idiosyncratic fairytale sculptures are well known together with his stylised animals

Why Midland Lead are Experts in Export

Here at Midland Lead, we are experts in export. Architects, specifiers, building contractors and charitable aid organisations worldwide have been turning to us for years to draw on our in-depth knowledge of product and export expertise.

Sinfonia Viva Expands Outreach Work Thanks to Children in Need

Sinfonia Viva – the Derby-based professional orchestra of the East Midlands – has been awarded further funding by BBC Children in Need to expand its creative work with children and young people who have long-term illnesses or special educational needs.

The three-year project, supported by £119,265 Children in Need funding, will start this Autumn and involve hundreds of young people across the East Midlands. 

Classical Treat In Store For Cathedral Concert Goers

Having launched the Autumn season with another outstanding performance in front of a 20,000-strong audience at Darley Park on September 1, award winning Sinfonia Viva will return to the city on Wednesday October 23 for an evening performance at Derby Cathedral.

Under the baton of Principal Conductor Frank Zielhorst, the programme starts with one of Mozart’s most quintessential and famous works Symphony No.40. This iconic piece was composed in 1788 and continues to feature heavily in film and television scores to this day.

Derbys Finest Supports Women’s Professional Development

Derbys Finest - a group which aims to inspire, celebrate and support women across the county - is planning an event as part of its commitment to support female leaders of the future.

The group will hold its first professional development session at the University of Derby Law School in Agard Street on Monday October 28.

Open to women from all industry and community sectors, the three-hour event will include sessions on leadership and mentoring as well as opportunities to network with fellow attendees.


Dancing for Health are pleased to announce the introduction of a series of partner dance classes aimed at those living in outreach and rural communities in North Derbyshire. CEO, Tracey Barnes will be piloting the twelve week course and intends to offer places primarily to individuals residing in the Loundsley Green and Holme Hall area. The partner dance classes will be provided at a reduced cost of £3 and are suitable for people of all ages and abilities

Writing for Wellbeing workshop with Leonie Martin. Saturday 5th October 10:30 - 12:30 at Chesterfield Library.

Try Writing for Wellbeing at Chesterfield Library. Using a series of fun and engaging prompts, you’ll be encouraged to unlock your imagination and put pen to paper. Working within a safe and respectful space, therapeutic writing can open the door to new voices, ideas and points of view that widen and deepen our own perspective, as well as offering a sense of achievement. No previous knowledge or experience of writing is needed, writers of all levels of experience are welcome. You should be aged 18 years and above. All writing materials will be provided.

Regional Employers Inspire Future IT Stars

A former Derby College Group (DCG) IT student has returned to the Digital Communications Academy at the Joseph Wright post 16 Academic and Arts college to inspire young people at the start of their further education careers.

Craft Fair at Belper leisure centre in December

There is a Craft Fair at Belper leisure centre, on Sunday 15th December 10am – 2pm for stalls to sell many different items, plus activities for children to have a go at as well. For more information please contact:

This is for Organ Donation and raising funds for Transplant Sports Team, to give people the chance to be active, after an Organ Transplant!

Thank you and hope to see you soon!

Small Business 100 Cattermole Electrical - Monday 16 September

In the 100 days running up to Small Business Saturday, the campaign will spotlight each of the Small Biz 100 as part of its mission to celebrate and support small businesses. Each company has been allocated a day where celebrations will focus on them and they will be profiled in the media and on Small Business Saturday's social media pages. 

#FSBAwards: Micro Business of the Year Award

This award celebrates micro businesses (with fewer than 10 employees) that punch above their weight. Judges will look for businesses that have demonstrated strong revenue growth and a product or service of a quality that stands above competitors. Enter now and you could be joining the finalists in March 2020 at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

#FSBConnect Midlands Meet Up at the Festival of Enterprise

We're holding our third annual Midlands Meet Up at this year's Festival of Enterprise at 10am on 23 October. This is a free, once-a-year opportunity for you to expand your network by making new connections with other small business owners from across the region and beyond. Midlands-based FSB Volunteer Amanda Bourne will be hosting a speed networking session so that you make as many new contacts as possible. For full details, and to register, click here.

Made In Derby Stars to be unveiled

Ten new 'Made in Derby' plaques celebrating the achievements of some of the people who have helped put Derby and Derbyshire on the world map will be unveiled in the city's Market Place and on Iron Gate on Saturday 14th September.

This is phase 2 of 'Made in Derby' - a trail of mosaic and cast iron plaques which can be brought to life via augmented reality using a smartphone app - with a Walk of Fame already embedded on Albion Street and Exchange Street.

University in running for top award

Bondholder the University of Derby has been shortlisted for the sector’s most prestigious accolade – the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year Award 2019.

The THE Awards are widely acknowledged as the ‘Oscars of the higher education sector’ and recognise outstanding work and exceptional performance across 23 award categories, with the University of the Year Award being the most sought after.


Healthy Bolsover Grants Scheme -  Open to community and voluntary groups, Parish Councils and statutory organisations operating in the Bolsover District.  Local businesses are also eligible to apply if community health benefits can be clearly demonstrated.

Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme - Open to voluntary / community groups or even a group of local people within the Chesterfield Borough Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.


A Queer & Gender Diverse group is being set up in Belper and warmly invites you all to join on Wednesday 25th September at Fleet Arts (the venue is fully accessible, there is a gender neutral loo and one is also wheelchair accessible).

Double delight as Croots Farm Shop in Derbyshire wins two Great Taste Awards

Popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots has been awarded two new Great Taste Awards to add to the impressive selection of accolades collected over the past 11 years.

Great Taste Awards are regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the fine food world – and Croots Farm Shop has now won at least 25.

The latest Great Taste Awards were awarded to Croots Bakewell Tart and Croots Shire Ale, which each received a One Star Great Taste Award - meaning the judges dubbed them as products that deliver fantastic flavour.

Spice World Movie Night at Iconic Roundhouse

Following the huge success of its inaugural events, The Roundhouse Events team based at the historic Roundhouse, Pride Park, are celebrating the reunion of British girl band the Spice Girls with a showing of Spice World the movie.

The beautiful Roundhouse will be turned into an indoor cinema on Saturday 19 October for a one-off showing of ‘Spice World’.

Wathall’s Invests in Staff Mental Health Well-being

A team member at Wathall’s - Derby’s longest established independent funeral directors -has qualified as a Mental Health First Aider to support colleagues across the company’s branches in Derby city centre, Ashbourne, Alvaston, Burton and Borrowash.

Fay Bloor is Wathall’s Bereavement Support Coordinator – leading the company’s  Dandelions bereavement support groups in Derby and Ashbourne and the Grief Journey programmes which are held free of charge throughout the year to help those who have lost a loved one come to terms with their loss.

Derby Festé Invites Local Communities To Be Part of Launch Evening

Derby Festé: Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September 2019

Local people are being invited to be part of a special community performance on the opening evening of this September’s Derby Festé – highlighting the festival’s theme of ‘Space, Moon and Tides’.

A community workshop will be held at Déda in Chapel Street on Saturday September 7 between 1pm and 2.30pm.

Leader Succession at Sinfonia Viva

Celebrated violinist Benedict Holland has retired after 17 years as Leader of Grammy-nominated Sinfonia Viva - the East Midlands’ professional orchestra.

Mr Holland now plans to pursue other professional opportunities and has been succeeded in the role by award-winning violinist Sophie Rosa.

He said: “I am sad to be leaving behind a wonderful team of musicians and colleagues at Sinfonia Viva but looking forward to having the time to develop other aspects of my performing and teaching career.

Derby Festé Promises a Feast of Street Entertainment

Derby city centre – Saturday 28 September 2019

Derby city centre will take on a Covent Garden-style atmosphere again this September with a packed day of family-friendly street entertainment.

Derby Festé, which will return to the city on Friday September 27 and Saturday September 28, attracts more than 30,000 visitors to the city centre over the two-day festival which features performers from across Europe in a celebration of street entertainment including dance, contemporary circus, music and comedy.

CQ Cinema Presents…

Four family films will be shown on a giant screen in Derby’s Market Place free of charge this Autumn thanks to a partnership between Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) and QUAD, supported by Derby City Council.

CQ Cinema Presents.. will show four different films on Wednesday’s during September and October with all screenings free to attend.

Some of the films also celebrate key cultural events happening in the Cathedral Quarter over the next few months. The screenings are:

Sinfonia Viva celebrates inclusive creative project

Pupils from special education needs (SEND) schools across Derby recently shared the stage with professional musicians from Sinfonia Viva for an interactive concert showcasing their creative work as part of a city-wide initiative.

‘Lean on Me’ at the Riverside Centre in Pride Park was the culmination of inclusive creative workshops in schools run by Sinfonia Viva, the Derby-based professional orchestra of the East Midlands, QUAD and inclusive theatre company Hubbub.

#FSBConnect Chesterfield Networking

Thursday 19 September 10am - 12noon at Saint Helena Centre, University of Derby Chesterfield Campus, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 7LU 
Back after the summer break! Join us for coffee and freshly made cookies and pastries and make some new connections. In September we will hear from Roxanne Rhodes How to keep going when the going gets tough. Read more and book here.


Mercedes Actros 26t Curtain Joins the GT Family

We'd like to introduce the newest member of our fleet: A Mercedes Actros 26t Curtain with a tuck-under tail lift. One of our clients has nabbed with straight away for the short term, but whatever your needs we can tailor our service to suit your needs.

A big thanks as always to Blueprint Nottingham for kitting her out with the livery!

GT Says Farewell to Transport Manager Mark After Five Years

Last week we said a sad farewell to Mark Jones (left), who has held the role of GT Couriers Transport Manager for the last five years. The lucky man is moving on to a life full of nonstop golf, wine and DIY! Stepping up to the plate and taking over Mark’s role is Ray Elliot (right), who’s been learning the ropes in the GT operations office since May 2018. Good luck to both Mark and Ray as they embark on a new chapter in their lives!

Arkwright Society Academic Conference 28 September 2019

Industry and Society in the
Industrial Revolution


Acorn Roots gig at Spital Arts

Acorn Roots are a Derbyshire-based folk-roots ensemble that will get your feet tapping as they whiz through a fabulous collection of songs you may know and others that you may not but will love just the same.

The details are;-

Saturday 7th September

at St Leonard's Church

Valley Rd



S41 0QH

Doors open at 7.00 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m.  start.

Tickets are £10.00

From 01246 220741 or or the Spital Arts Facebook page

Top Grade Achievements at Derby College Group

The largest cohort of A level students for several years collected examination results at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre today (Thursday August 15).

Just over 733 students sat A level examinations at DCG’s post-16 Academic and Arts college in the city this summer.

Adult GCSE Success at Derby College

Mother-of-one, Lauren Burns (24), from Ilkeston, one of the many mature students who sat GCSE examinations at Derby College Group (DCG) this summer, is celebrating a Grade 7 (equivalent to an A grade) in English.

Lauren now plans to return to College to do GCSE Maths and also an Access to Higher Education in Humanities and Social Science study programme at the college.

Around the World in a Million Pixels

Want some travel inspiration?

Travel inspired artist, Susan Bedford, will be exhibiting work from five different continents in her forthcoming solo show in the Banks Mill Studios foyer.

‘Around the world in a million pixels’ is a solo show by Susan Bedford that will run from Wednesday 18th September to Sunday 6th October 2019.  Opening times are Monday to Friday 10am-3pm and Sundays 1-4pm.

Derby Book Festival appoints new Festival Director

Derby Book Festival has announced today (29 August) the appointment of Vicky Dawson as their new Festival Director.  She will join the team from 1 September on a part-time basis, continuing in her current role at Buxton International Festival where she is Book Festival Director.   

The Cultural Education Partnership working in Amber Valley, Bolsover & North East Derbyshire

Our Vision: A childhood made up of rich, varied experiences that include exposure to and participation in arts and cultural education builds the foundations for a happy and healthy life. An equality of access that effectively negotiates personal barriers, social stigma and geographical challenges means no one misses out or goes unheard.

We're back putting some Art into Alfreton Town next month - so get these dates
scribbled in your diaries so you can come along and enjoy the FREE fun on

Incredible Autumn Shows at Derby Arena

Autumn is set to be a fabulous season of entertainment at Derby Arena.  Professor Brian Cox OBE kicks off the season when he returns with his Universal World Tour following his previous sell-out fixture in Derby earlier this year. Fans of Tina Turner will be wowed with the spectacular  “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” tribute show and the superb talents of Michael Jackson will be showcased  at the “Michael Starring Ben – the Magic of Michael Jackson” show.

Ilkeston project exhibiting artwork at Wirksworth Festival

Monoprints created by people at Ilkeston-based project Growing Lives will be exhibited as part of the Art and Architecture Trail at Wirksworth Festival on 7th and 8th September 2019.

Run by Derventio Housing Trust, Growing Lives gives people opportunities to develop their self-confidence, gain new skills, reduce social isolation and improve their health and wellbeing.