January 2020

New co-commissioned exhibitions by Anna Bunting-Branch and Dryden Goodwin part of Co-Lab Season in QUAD, Derby, 29th February to 5th April 2020

QUAD in Derby has a new season of exhibition and events starting in February as part of its ‘Co-Lab Season’. Co-Lab is a five week-long showcase of newly co-commissioned work by two artists who usually employ traditional techniques such as painting, drawing or sculpture, but have taken their way of working into Virtual Reality digital realm or film works. The artists featured are Anna Bunting-Branch and Dryden Goodwin.

DCG Launches Cycling Performance Academy

Derby College Group (DCG) has teamed up with the HUUB Ribble junior and development road cycling team to create a performance academy for aspiring young riders.

The HUUB Ribble Performance Academy is sponsored by Derby-based triathlon kit designers HUUB and based at DCG’s Broomfield Hall near Derby.

Croots Farm Shop and Café adds the delicious Bangerooney sausage to its squad

A big-name star has been added at popular Derbyshire farm shop and café Croots as the Bangerooney joins the team.

The pork and caramelised onion with black pepper sausage joins the starting line-up to celebrate former England hero Wayne Rooney’s move to Derby County.

For the next three months, ten per cent of sales of the new banger will go to Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre – Croots Farm Shop’s adopted charity.

Croots Farm Shop and Café worthy of a place in national awards final, say fellow farm retailers

Successful Derbyshire farm shop and café Croots has been unveiled as a finalist in the prestigious national Farm Retail Awards.

Having made the shortlist, the farm shop and café at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, near Duffield, must now wait for the verdict of mystery shoppers from customer experience experts Insight 6 before the Farm Retail Association reveals the overall winner at an awards ceremony at the National FRA conference in Nottingham in early March.

MOSAIC WORKSHOP at Shipley Country Park


12noon – 4.30pm

MOSAIC WORKSHOP at Shipley Country Park

An introductory workshop to the art of mosaics. We will guide you while you create a stunning piece of mosaic artwork to take home. All equipment and materials provided. Suitable for beginners.

Cost: £30 per person. Parking charges apply.

Further Information: Not suitable for children under 16 years of age. Participants must be able to use hand tools.

£80m city scheme approved

The green light has been given by Bondholder Derby City Council for an £80m mixed-use development scheme adjoining Pride Park, to be called St Modwen Park Derby.

The 70-acre site will include 650,000 sq ft of industrial and logistics space for a flexible mix of uses, with Bondholder Innes England acting as joint agent for the site.

Airfield unlocked by D2N2

Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed to provide £1 million to create a new link road to unlock the development of Ashbourne Airfield.

The £10.7m scheme, next to the Airfield Industrial Estate, would see the creation of the nine-acre Ashbourne Business Park, a new housing development and a new roundabout and link road.

Lubrizol breaks fundraising records to help prevent heartbreak

STAFF at a Derbyshire firm have put their heart and soul into raising a record-breaking sum of money for the company’s chosen charity and learned lifesaving skills in return.

Employees at Lubrizol, in Hazelwood, near Belper, have collected a total of £10,515 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by organising and supporting a series of activities over the past 12 months.

Lubrizol has agreed to support the charity for two years and its staff wasted no time getting into fundraising action when the partnership was launched 12 months ago.

Enjoy ‘A Little Night Music’ With Sinfonia Viva

The Grammy-nominated orchestra of the East Midlands, Sinfonia Viva, returns to Derby Cathedral next month under the baton of principal conductor Frank Zielhorst for ‘A Little Night Music’ on March 25.

The programme starts with the programme’s inspiration - Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’. 

The serenade is one of Mozart’s most enduringly-popular pieces of work. Completed in 1787, it was not published until 1827 – long after Mozart’s death – and is now an instantly recognisable piece used widely in television and film scores.  

Powerful Creative Project Focuses On Saving The Planet

A group of young people are working with Derby-based regional orchestra Sinfonia Viva on a creative project that tackles the emotive subject of global warming.

Students from Becket and Firs primary schools, The Bemrose School and Derby College are taking part in ‘Energy’ – the latest in the award-winning Orchestra’s series of projects aimed at bringing science, maths and technology subjects to life through music.

Cheque Presentation Marks Launch of Wathall’s Wish Campaign

Family-owned funeral directors, Wathall’s, have launched a new community support pledge with the presentation a giant cheque to Derby charity Safe and Sound.

Wathall’s Wish will support a different charity every month over the coming year either with money, volunteering or donations of goods and services.  The common theme is that all these charities provide support for people at difficult times in their lives.

Ambassadors Fly The Flag For Safe and Sound

A group of high-profile local people have pledged their support for Derby-based charity Safe and Sound as it forges ahead with its expansion plans.

Derbyshire Chief Constable Peter Goodman, former Rams captain Shaun Barker, BAFTA winning actor Molly Windsor and business owner Amanda Strong are the first to join Safe and Sound’s Ambassador programme.

As well as highlighting the charity’s work amongst their own networks, they have pledged to support the charity’s Butterfly Appeal.

Sinfonia Viva Completes Sensory Music Tour With Children in Need Support

Sinfonia Viva – the professional orchestra of the East Midlands – has completed its largest Sensory Music Tour in the region as part of a three-year creative project supported by £119,265 Child in Need funding.

Musicians from Sinfonia Viva have worked on an individual basis with pupils with special educational needs at special schools in Derby, Retford and Leicester as well as with children with life-limiting conditions at Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough.

Broomfield Hall Unveils New Winter Garden

Broomfield Hall – Derby College Group’s land-based and leisure college in Morley – is opening its grounds to the public on Saturday February 29 and Sunday March 1 to showcase a newly-developed winter garden.

The College will be open between 10am and 2pm with free guided garden tours and mini talks about the project. Also available are art, craft and gift stalls, plant sales, hot drinks and food.

Booked to attend the Manufacturing and Engineering Conference 2020 yet?

East Midlands Manufacturing and Engineering Conference: Sustainable Manufacturing – 17 March, The Roundhouse, Derby

We are pleased to announce the full agenda for our annual Manufacturing and Engineering Conference.

This year’s conference will focus on the strategies, efficiencies and support available to business which will enable the creation of manufactured products in a way that reduces pollution, energy use and looks to reduce waste, whilst remaining economically viable and competitive.

Come and join a new weekly dance and movement class for people 55+

Being active means staying independent for longer, with a better quality of life. d:dance will help you to feel more confident, improve your balance and strength, and you’ll meet like-minded people over a cuppa too.  Our fun and accessible class is suitable for anyone aged 55 and over, at whatever stage of fitness or mobility. You don’t need any dance experience – just come along and enjoy the music!

·  Alfreton Community Hall, 9 Mansfield Rd, Alfreton DE55 7JJ

remark is recruiting 10 participants to join a new visual art writers' group

remark is a collaboration between ArtReview magazine, BACKLIT gallery, Nottspoke writing collective, University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, with support from Quad and Nottingham Contemporary.   While the East Midlands region has a large community of public venues, commercial galleries and artist-run and non-profit spaces, regular critical coverage of these spaces and their programmes is limited. Meanwhile, the few outlets for arts coverage limit opportunities for the professional development of young and emerging writers working in the region.  

Art Events at the St John Street Gallery in March

March 3: Liz Wellby 'Observing the Ordinary with Line & Wire' – explore drawing and wire work.
March 4: New! Sharon Mayfield 'Creative Journaling Workshop
March 5: New! Sue Lewis-Blake 'Art Appreciation talk' 5:30-6:30pm.
March 9-11: Lewis Noble ‘Painting & sketching the Derbyshire Landscape’ 
March 17: Wendy Darker 'Puffins'

Within a Winter Landscape

‘Within a Winter Landscape’: A selection of Anna’s work depicting the changes in a rural winter landscape slowly changing into spring.

2020: COAST at the Old Lock Up Gallery

You're warmly invited to the opening of the show on 25th January from 3pm - 5.30pm. The show then continues until 1st March.

A chance for the landlocked amongst us to reconnect to the allure of the sea and coastal areas - step into the gallery and dip into COAST, a stunning show of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. Further information can be found here: https://www.theoldlockupgallery.org/coast

Love Letters at gallerytop

In two weeks time, on Saturday 8 February we open our new exhibition which is a collection of artwork curated by the Wirksworth artist Bernie Rutter. The show comprises contemporary print, where artists have incorporated text into their work. Join us on the 8th from 11.00 to see some unique art and enjoy a glass of wine...

'A Stroll Along Dronny Bottom in 1895' - Open Now!

Following on from our successful High Street exhibition, our annual exhibition will look this time at the history of Dronfield Bottom. Taking the 1895 Bulmer's Trade Directory as a starting point, the displays will cover the change in social conditions, industry and local trades.

Exhibition runs till Friday 28th February - but please note that due to private bookings, it will be closed at certain times, including: 
Friday 31st January (closed from 1pm)
Sunday 2nd February (closed from 1pm)

Call for Entries: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair


The GREAT NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIRS are premier curated selling fairs in the North of England, showcasing the very best of contemporary craft from professional designer-makers and attracting a discerning audience of buyers and collectors.


Are you writing a novel or a collection of short stories? Do you struggle to get constructive feedback? Are you worried about sharing your work? Are you looking for a supportive and creative group of people to help shape and improve your novel?  If so, this is the course for you!

The writing workshop is the core tool for any writer looking to develop and push themselves forward creatively. These workshops will teach you how to critique and develop your peers work, whilst also showing you how to develop and edit your own. This course is best suited for those working on prose.

#FSBConnect Derby Networking - Free Ticket February!

Tuesday 18 February 2020, 10am - 12noon at Enterprise Centre, University Of Derby, Bridge Street, Derby DE1 3LS    
Hosted by FSB member Yvonne Gorman, join like-minded Derbyshire business people to chat business and get involved in a friendly and supportive business network, open to all whether you're a start-up or established business. our February speaker is Debbie Porter presenting Top Ten Social Media Tips! Read more and join us for Free Ticket February here

Nightingale Quarter is under way

Work on a £150 million development project by Bondholder Wavensmere Homes to create 800 new homes in the heart of Derby has begun.

James Dickens, Managing Director of Wavensmere Homes said: “We are incredibly proud that work has begun on the site and we are able to show residents and businesses surrounding the site that we have been able to follow through on our promise to start the process in developing the land, which has stood as a brownfield site for so many years."

Billion dollar merger for Pattonair

Bondholder Pattonair's $1.9bn merger with US counterpart, Wesco Aircraft Holdings, one of the world’s leading distributors and providers of comprehensive supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry, has completed.

The combined company becomes a $2.4bn business with a global footprint in 17 countries and more than 4,000 employees.

Marketing Derby's 2020 Vision

Over 500 guests packed into Bondholder Derby Theatre on Friday morning for Marketing Derby’s Annual Business Event.

The event kickstarted 2020 with a showcase of films, speakers, teasers and a look back at some 2019 highlights, including the China Embassy event held in twin city Hefei, in Anhui Province.

Manufacturing and Engineering Conference, 17 March, Derby

This year’s conference will focus on the strategies, efficiencies and support available to business which enables the creation of manufactured products in a way that reduces pollution, energy use and looks to reduce waste, whilst remaining economically viable and competitive.

Oddsocks return to Derby in February with The Adventures of Pinocchio!

Derby-based theatre company Oddsocks Productions return to Derby this February. This time, the team known for bringing classic tales to life with a difference will be adding their inimitable trademark humour, live music and audience interaction to Carlo Collodi’s classic tale in Andy Barrow’s brand-new piece “The Adventures of Pinocchio”.

KlezNorth Klezmer concert 2020

Every March, the world’s finest performers and teachers of klezmer gather at a tiny village in the Peak District. What is klezmer? The soul-wrenching, joyous music, song and dance of the Yiddish-speaking Eastern European Jews, now firmly established on the World Music scene and loved by Jews and non-Jews alike. Following a sell-out event last year for our 10th Kleznorth, we are delighted to announce another end-of-course public concert by our world-leading teaching faculty.

February Half Term Holiday fun in Derby

Thanks to the unpredictable weather, the February half term holiday is probably the trickiest one for finding things to keep children entertained. Luckily the team at In Derby has something for all ages, indoors or out, come rain, snow or sun.

Sergei Podobedov – Piano Recital

Crich Glebe Field Centre is delighted to present a thrilling evening of classical piano music, with virtuoso pianist Sergei Podobedov. Enjoy pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, and others.

Sergei Podobedov is a graduate of the Moscow Central School of Music, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and the Royal College of Music. He was the first recipient of a Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Scholarship at the Royal College of Music, and the youngest winner of the Edward Boyle Award in London.

The Barging Buddhi and Other Poems - Book Launch 9 April in Derby

Debut poet Sunita Thind explores the Indian, female perspective and gives an insight into Punjabi culture in the UK today. Poetry like this is not usually visible in the mainstream which will provide an event of lush and exotic imaginings.

Drawing immensely from her dual Punjabi and UK heritage to display poems layered in dense imagery, a battle plan for the future. How to emancipate yourself from centuries of right and rituals to cast a new light on multicultural Britain.

The Harley Open - Call for Artists

For The Harley Open exhibition, we invite artists whether professional or amateur to enter their work in to our popular competition.

The Open Exhibition is a celebration of 2D art, and gives artists, whether just starting out and experimenting, or experienced professionals the perfect opportunity to showcase their work.

Saturday 8th February, lunchtime organ recital in Swanwick

Swanwick St. Andrew's Church proudly announce a forthcoming Lunchtime Organ Recital 

Details are:

Date: Saturday 8th February 2020. Light buffet from 12 o'clock: recital is from 12.30 to 2.30pm.

Location: St Andrew's Church, The Green, Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AN.

Event type: Lunchtime organ recital - live music.

Cost: £6.00 including light buffet.

Contact: Mrs. Wendy Butt, 01773 605291.

This Friday! Get your tickets!

Tideswell Theatre presents: RSVP Bhangra in concert, live at the Theatre at FSC, Fountain Square, Tideswell. 7:30pm Fri 17 Jan 2020.

Get ready to party Punjabi-style. Brit-Bhangra greats from Bristol, RSVP Bhangra bring flamboyant showmanship to the high-energy sound of Asian Britain.

A highly 'infectious' (The List), hugely enjoyable and infinitely memorable evening from 'one of the hottest bands on the Bhangra circuit', with many Glastonbury appearances.

Painting Class: Learn to express emotion in your artwork with texture and colour. March 11, 10-2 pm £35.08

Using a variety of media you will paint a piece of art, taking inspiration from the spa town of Matlock Bath.
Naturally mindful painting is a good way to relax and unwind from everyday stress.
This workshop will inspire you to express emotion in your work with texture and colour.
Materials are included but please bring your own canvas or paper, and wear old clothes.
All abilities are welcome, refreshments included but bring a packed lunch. Pay and display parking is available onsite.

The Grand Pavilion Matlock Bath

South Parade

Three Kings come to Derby in world Elvis tribute tour

Three of the finest Elvis tribute acts in the world are bringing their world-class show to Derby Arena. Tickets are now on sale from Derby LIVE for the Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour on Saturday 16 May 2020.

Acclaimed tribute stars Shawn Klush, Dean Z and Cody Ray Slaughter have joined forces for an all-American spectacular not to be missed by any Elvis fan across the globe.

The Applications for the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Scholarships and Apprenticeships are now open

If you are a talented or aspiring craftsperson you can now apply for @QESTcraft funding of up to £18,000.  QEST has funded craftspeople across more than 150 craft disciplines ranging from millinery to thatching, arms & armour restoration to ice sculpture and basket-weaving to musical instrument making. QEST supports the training and education of talented or aspiring craftspeople and we are looking to share the news of this opportunity as widely as possible.  

Engineering firm JMS plans to build a reputation as Derby’s best employer

JMS, the national group of consulting engineers, is excited to announce the opening of a new Derby office in January 2020.

With a growing customer-base in and around Derby, the building and infrastructure specialists will play a key role in many of the upcoming civil and structural developments in the area. As well as making their mark on the local skyline, they also have their sights set on becoming one of the best employers in the area, with their generous approach to working hours and staff welfare.

Derbyshire High Sheriff Visits Broomfield Hall

Lord Burlington, Derbyshire’s High Sheriff and Chancellor of the University of Derby, has visited Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall Land-based and Leisure college in Morley to meet students benefiting from higher education programmes.

Joseph Wright Centre Celebrates Student Achievements

The achievements of students at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre have been officially recognised at a celebration evening.

Students who have either graduated from or are continuing their studies for A levels, Creative or Digital programmes at JWC were presented with subject prizes at the annual event.

Geology Students Join Volcano Study Field Trip

A level Geology students from Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre have spent a week in studying dormant volcanoes in Tenerife as part of their study programme.

Field tasks included measuring the fall of rocks through a ravine, examining rock faces to determine the history of eruptions over time and looking at the tracts left by major landslides that caused Tsunamis thousands of miles away.

Expanded Recycling Programme Supports Butterfly Appeal

A mobile phones recycling initiative to support a Derby charity has been expanded thanks to intu Derby.

Anyone with an unwanted mobile phone can now drop them off at the Customer Service [CS1] desk at intu Derby.

They will be collected regularly by Sinfin-based Century Mobile who will arrange recycling and all money collected will be donated to child sexual exploitation (CSE) specialist charity Safe and Sound.

The countdown has begun!

On Saturday 19th September 2020, the new Museum of Making will open to the public for the very first time, showcasing Derby’s 300-year history of making and celebrating the area’s rich history of innovation.

Located in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site on the site of the world’s first factory - the Derby Silk Mill - the Museum will offer visitors access to all 50,000 objects in its collections.

New resi plans for Becketwell

Bondholder St James Securities has submitted revised plans for the city centre residential offer to be part of the £200m regeneration of Becketwell.

The new plan includes a larger building of 224 apartments over a maximum of ground plus 10 storeys, with a second smaller building of ground plus 4 storeys developed separately and fronting Green Lane and Victoria Street. It will also comprise a public square on the site of the current United Reformed Church.

Big Easy hits Derby

Bondholder JSA Architects has been engaged on new plans to convert Forester House in Derby city centre into an easyHotel, part of the easyGroup of businesses.

Forester House, located on the corner of Newland Street and Becket Street, became empty after the relocation of JobCentre Plus. The fresh plans would bring an 111-bedroom easyHotel, a 160-seat restaurant plus function room to the city centre.

Lubrizol students leave a year-long legacy as they persuade colleagues to star in a charity calendar

Placement students at a Derbyshire company convinced older colleagues across their workplace to pull on fancy dress and pose for the camera when they put together a 2020 works calendar in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

More than 130 members of staff at Lubrizol, in Hazelwood, answered the call for volunteers to attend a series of photo-shoots when the students took it upon themselves to compile a calendar for the first time in the company’s history.

Hansel and Gretel at New Mills

The New Year will see this panto fighting fit cast ready to bring classic family pantomime to you all.  Hansel and Gretel be staged at New Mills Art Theatre on 31 January & 1, 2, 7, 8 February.

Tickets for Hansel and Gretel are on sale now – book early to get good seats in the beautifully refurbished Art Theatre.  Matinees at 2.15pm on 1st, 2nd, & 8th February sell out very quickly.  Evening performances on 31st January, 7th & 8th February at 7.15pm.

Hansel and Gretel

Derby College Group Retains Good Ofsted Grade

Derby College Group (DCG) has retained its ‘Good’ grading from Ofsted following a two-day short inspection in December.

DCG was one of the first further education colleges in the East Midlands to be inspected under Ofsted’s new framework.

The team of five inspectors visited all of the group’s colleges: the Roundhouse, Joseph Wright Centre, Broomfield Hall and Ilkeston College with ‘deep dive’ focuses on Sport, Animal Care, adult Retail and Wholesale programmes and Construction apprenticeships.

Cast of Derby pantomime Peter Pan get behind TALK Derby

The cast of Derby’s pantomime, Peter Pan, are getting behind a city-wide initiative to encourage children to improve their speech, language and communication skills.

Children who grow up to be confident communicators have more opportunities in life, and TALK Derby aims to give their parents and carers the skills to help them reach their full potential.

Workshop in Derby explores what it means to be Black, British and female

If you identify as Black, British and female, theatremaker Lauren Nicole Whitter invites you to take part in a fun free workshop to create your own piece of writing or short performance.

The workshop takes place on Wednesday 15 January 2020 (6-8pm) at The Maypole Theatre and Cafe Bar on Brook Street in Derby. There is no charge to take part.

At the workshop, Lauren will create a safe space for you to express yourself freely, share what theatre and stories mean to you, and take part in creative activities that spark off storytelling.

Sounds of the Motor City head to Derby

Derby will be Going Loco this summer as a 60th anniversary celebration of the music of the Motor City heads for the railway city. Tickets are now on sale from Derby LIVE for the Magic of Motown 2020, which steams into Derby Arena on Friday 10 July.

This unstoppable show has been seen by over a million people, including Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance.