September 2020

Derby gastro pub to serve breakfast as it looks to bring more diners through the doors

A POPULAR Derby gastro pub will start serving breakfasts as it looks to bring more diners through its doors.

Easton Andrea, who owns House of Darwin, in Shelton Lock, says that the decision has been made as the pub looks to boost revenue following a difficult year for the hospitality industry.

Earlier this week, the government announced that pubs and restaurants must shut by 10pm every day after an increase in coronavirus cases in England. Venues that are licensed to sell alcohol – like House of Darwin – are restricted by law to table service only.

Venues reminded to display a QR code

QR codeThe new NHS Covid-19 app requires pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and other venues to display a poster with a QR code so that customers can check in.

Customers checking in on entry with their phone will support the NHS Test and Trace scheme.


LUXURY doughnut makers Project D have won an award for innovation after impressing Derby’s business community with their entrepreneurial spirit during lockdown.

The company, which sells handcrafted, brightly coloured and Instagram-friendly doughnuts across the region, was given the accolade by Marketing Derby - an agency which promotes the city and the wider county to attract investment.

Businesses in the city were invited to pitch their innovative ways of working, or new products and services, to fellow bondholders who voted for the ultimate winner.

LoveLit is working with awarding-winning poet Helen Mort

LoveLit is working with awarding-winning poet Helen Mort to offer a relaxed night of poetry, conversation, and celebration Poems of Hope: a celebration for National Poetry Day at 7.00 pm on Thursday 1st October. Helen will also launch a new Derbyshire poetry project Ticket to Hope which people who live, work or study in Derbyshire will be invited to get involved with. The event will be on Zoom and tickets are priced at £6, booking is essential.

An Update from the Buxton International Festival Office

It’s hard to believe that September is upon us. The leaves are turning brown and the nights are closing in but at the Buxton festival office there are signs of life. We had a wonderful response to our experiment with a digital season. Yes, I know it was no substitute for a live performance or indeed for the experience of attending the festival, but it seemed that many of you appreciated our efforts. The amount of effort that went into delivering the Digital Season when everyone was on furlough was incredible.

Back on screen – Swap Shop returns to TV

Derby Swap Shop – the brainchild of three Derby businesses – has celebrated its expansion into Leicester with a raft of awards finals, and an appearance on the BBC

The free to trade platform – offering skills and services swaps for small business and charities – was created at the start of lockdown in May 2020 by Ask the Chameleon, Huub and think3.

Fast forward a mere 4 months, and the Swap Shop has 260 members, over 80 active swaps, and has expanded beyond Derbyshire, into Nottingham and Leicester.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Visits DCG

Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan MP has visited Derby College Group (DCG), which is the first FE provider in the East Midlands to launch the new T-Level qualifications, to see for herself how the study programmes will develop.

Free Taster Courses On the Adult Learning Menu In Ilkeston

Derby College Group (DCG) is officially launching its new adult and community venue at The Community College in Pimlico, Ilkeston, with an afternoon of free taster courses on Saturday September 19.

People can arrive from 11am and then a wide range of activities will be available between 12 noon and 4pm to give a taste of the short courses that are now available at the College.

Adult community education courses

Please see the links below and the attached posters from Derbyshire County Council Adult Education, with information about their new courses

Both of this term’s brochures (one for qualification courses, the first of which start this week, and the other for learning for leisure – both countywide) are available in our section at:

Gallery News - Forthcoming Show - 'Small Worlds' - Lois Wallace

The Old Lock Up Gallery is currently closed whilst the forthcoming show is installed. I'm delighted to be exhibiting 'Small Worlds' - solo show of work by Lois Wallace. Lois won the solo show prize last year in the gallery's annual open. The exhibition promises to be another stunning show of work - all pieces are relatively small in size and beautifully executed in oils.

Enjoy the Autumn Sessions at Derby Market Place

The seasons are changing, and so is Derby Market Place. Building on its successful launch as an outdoor dining space, more will be on offer during October and November as the area hosts sessions of outdoor entertainment, a celebration of local Derby breweries, and its first market.

Tickets on sale for two new shows coming to Derby Arena next year

Derby LIVE is pleased to announce that tickets are on sale for two new fantastic shows taking place at Derby Arena next year. Joining our programme of events in 2021 are two music shows that are sure to get your foot tapping.

Direct from the West End and having sold out venues worldwide, Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of the Dubliners is coming to Derby Arena on Sunday 4 April 2021 with a brand new production for its 5th anniversary tour.

Join us! C-19 Visitor Economy update with Cllr Barry Lewis and Jo Dilley Thursday 24 Sept

With news today that the new restrictions are likely to be in place for the next six months now is the time to join us for our latest update webinar, Thursday 24 September 10:30-12:30.  Find out more about our latest campaign to attract visitors to the area, hear about plans to help the area's visitor economy  recover and ask questions of Cllr Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Jo Dilley, Managing Director of Marketing

Sales soar at Nightingale Quarter

Bondholder Wavensmere Homes has announced a peak of sales for phase one of its Nightingale Quarter scheme in Derby city centre, with only six properties remaining from the initial 125 two- and three-bedroom homes available.

Subcontractors returned to the site in August and, with brickwork being laid, properties are starting to take shape.

City confidence grows

The high street in Derby is returning to pre-pandemic activity levels more rapidly than other cities in the Midlands region according to a national report.

New research by leading think tank, the Centre for Cities, showing average footfall levels in city centres for the last full week of August, indicate an overall recovery index of 93% for Derby. This compares with 59% in Nottingham and 52% in Birmingham. At the same time, offline sales in Derby city centre have also risen to 85% of their pre-lockdown figure.

New plans for Derby Market Place

Since opening its doors on 24th July, more than 6,000 people have enjoyed the vibrant al fresco dining experience of Derby Market Place, created by Bondholders Derby City Council, Derby LIVE and Katapult, with Visit Derby, as part of the work of the Derby Economic Recovery Task Force to help boost footfall and help hospitality businesses hit by the Coronavirus pandem

Prepare for Test and Trace in Derby

Businesses in Derby and Derbyshire are being urged to prepare themselves for the national launch of the NHS COVID-19 app this Thursday 24th September. Companies can download relevant resources here today.

The app will be a critical enhancement - and for many a legal requirement - of NHS Test and Trace, providing users with local risk information and alerting them if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Artist Call Out

The Art of Remembering 2020 - An exhibition of children’s art work and the positives to come from 2020 lockdown.

Erewash Borough Council wishes to invite expressions of interest from a professional creative to develop and support instalment of a temporary exhibition for the Erewash community at Erewash Museum in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

Timetable – this is a time critical commission and requires community engagement (reach) and exhibition instalment by w/c 14th December

Arts Derbyshire - A Necklace of Stars

Following on from the success of the first phase of A Necklace of Stars, we are looking for older adults who are housebound (aged 65+) from across Derbyshire to join us in a creative writing and embroidery project.

Arts Derbyshire is running a remote embroidery and creative writing project where participants receive weekly* one to one phone calls with artists ‘arthur + martha’. The artists will guide people through the process of creating beautiful embroidered stars or creative writing themed around lullabies, for free.

New Dates Announced For Two Autumn Shows

Due to the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on indoor live performances, Derby LIVE have now announced that two shows, The Lady Boys of Bangkok and Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour will not be going ahead as planned this autumn. Instead, both shows have been postponed by their promoters to 2021.

Sleeping Beauty to rest for another year as Derby’s panto is postponed

Derby’s pantomime has joined the list of Christmas shows across the country which cannot go ahead this year following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sleeping Beauty, which was due to be performed at Derby Arena from 5 to 31 December, has now been postponed until 2021, due to continued uncertainty about when and how indoor theatre can resume.

A note about events from Matlock Music

In a normal year Matlock Music would be publicising the concert programme for the coming season and recruiting members. This year has been different for all of us. We hope that you have kept healthy and are looking forward to normal life returning over the coming months.

Until recently live concerts have been impossible but this has changed. They are allowed under strict conditions. We have heard from Highfields School that they hope to welcome back hirers in the not too distant future.

Derby Well Re-dressed Commissioned Artists Unveiled

Five local artists have been selected to create bespoke work that will take centre stage in a unique street arts trail around Derby city centre from Friday September 25 to Sunday September 27.

Derby Well Re-Dressed has been inspired by Derbyshire’s unique and ancient Well Dressing festivals which originated as indicators of clean water during the Plague in the 17th century.

The street arts trail will take place over the weekend that should have been the annual Derby Festé which has been cancelled due to Government guidance around mass gatherings.

DCG leads the way with work experience

Bondholder Derby College Group (DCG) has led the way nationally in bridging the gap between education and the world of work and gained widespread recognition for its innovative approach to enable employers to co-design and co-deliver its curriculum.

Hundreds of businesses large and small are active members of its Employment and Skills Boards and Employer Academies – developing and delivering innovative opportunities to give young people a sightline to work.

Job opportunity at QUAD: Creative Wellbeing Curator/Coordinator Part-time

QUAD is a Cinema, Gallery, Café Bar, Digital resource and Workshop that anyone can use. 

We are looking for a highly organised, dynamic and self-motivated individual with a passion for arts for health to curate a programme of creative wellbeing arts activity that delivers and builds on QUAD’s existing programme, incorporating agreed targets and milestones.

Find out more about how to apply on the QUAD website: 

World-class Derbyshire schools merge

Two prestigious Derbyshire schools, Foremarke Hall and Repton School, have merged, forming Bondholder Repton.

The two institutions have been brought together into a single entity to create one purposeful, integrated educational journey from 3 to 18, characterised throughout by the two Schools’ existing hallmarks of academic rigour, first-class pastoral care, sporting excellence, individual opportunity, personal development and a commitment to a full boarding ethos.

New retailers to hatch at intu Derby

Bondholder intu Derby is relaunching its Hatch initiative, giving small businesses from across the region the chance of winning free retail space.

The potentially life-changing prize, offered in association with Revo, includes a store within the shopping centre for a period of six weeks, completely rent free.

trentbarton steps up the support

Bondholder trentbarton is gearing up for the reopening of schools and colleges, and providing services for more people returning to work and beginning to socialise, by making its most significant return to pre-COVID levels of bus services from Sunday (August 23).

Its customer numbers are already nearly 50 per cent of pre-COVID levels and trentbarton is bringing back staff to be there for when more people want to travel.

Site extension at Toyota

Work is underway on an extension at Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK's plant at Burnaston which will allow it to store an extra 3,500 vehicles on site.

The extension of its despatch yard to cover 15 acres, sited next to the plant's solar farm, will store newly made cars ahead of export to European dealerships.

DCG Student’s University Future Confirmed

After a tense week of uncertainty, Derby College Group A level student Sukbhir Singh (18) from Peartree in Derby has received official confirmation that he has secured a place at the University of Cambridge to study Engineering.

Sukhbir, who was born in India and came to the UK from Italy two years ago, was recommended by College teachers to achieve A* grades in Physics, Maths and Further Maths. 

Results Day Celebrations

Despite the confusion and uncertainty around grades, many students are celebrating their success:

Twins Grace and Millie Lathwell (18) from Mickleover in Derby both decided to study the same A levels at JWC after John Port School because they were keen to study Criminology.

Online Enrolment At Derby College Group

New students planning to join Derby College Group (DCG) in September will be able to enrol remotely for the first time this year – making the process quicker and easier for school leavers and adult learners alike.

Online enrolment for full time and part time study programmes officially starts on GCSE results day – August 20 through the website 

Safe and Sound Gains University of Derby Recognition

Local specialist charity Safe and Sound’s commitment to supporting the employability of University of Derby students has been officially recognised with two prestigious awards.

Safe and Sound supports children and young people across Derbyshire who are victims of or at risk of child exploitation as well as supporting their families and raising public awareness of the issues.

Safe and Sound Supports NCS Programme

Safe and Sound, the Derbyshire based child exploitation charity, has supported this summer’s NCS programme with a series of awareness raising sessions on the issue for young people.

Safe and Sound supports children and young people across Derbyshire who are victims of or at risk of child exploitation which includes online grooming, sexual exploitation, County Lines, Modern Slavery and trafficking as well as supporting their families and raising awareness of the issues in local communities.

Support your Orchestra

Derby-based orchestra of the East Midlands, Sinfonia Viva, is appealing for support from its fans.

Sinfonia Viva is asking concert ‘goers’ who watch the Hannells Darley Park “At Home” virtual concert on Sunday August 30 to donate the usual price of the ticket (£5), or whatever people can afford, to help secure the Orchestra’s future.

The virtual concert is being provided and funded by Derby City Council free of charge this year and is available online from 6pm via BBC Radio Derby’s Facebook LIVE and iplayer and on BBC Radio Derby.

Lonsdale Plans To Re-Open City Pools

The charitable trust which manages two swimming pools in the city is gearing up to re-open both facilities in early September.

Lonsdale Swimming & Sports Trust manages Gayton Pool in Littleover on behalf of Derby City Council and also runs Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover, which it is currently hoping to replace with a new facility nearby.

Both have remained closed to finalise Covid-safe procedures and plan to re-open in early September.

Derby Well Invites Local People To Get Creative For Launch Weekend

Local people are being invited to submit their creative ideas for the first part of Derby Well which will launch on the last weekend of September.

Derby Well is a new campaign to support and promote cultural and arts activities in and around Derby city centre and will launch with Derby Well Re-Dressed on Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27.

Two-Wheeled Fundraisers Support Safe and Sound

A partner with leading Midlands accountancy firm Dains has raised more than £1,000 for specialist Derbyshire charity Safe and Sound after completing a gruelling 100-mile cycle ride.

John Southwell had originally entered the My Prudential RideLondon event to raise cash for Safe and Sound which supports local young people who are victims of or at risk of child exploitation, as well as their families, and is one of Dains’ chosen charities.

MonsterHero Safari Trail Launches In St Peters Quarter

St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) is launching an innovative MonsterHero Safari Trail as part of the BID's fundraising campaign for the Royal Derby Hospital Intensive Care Unit.

MonsterHero Safari is a high street story-trail experience where families are tasked with hunting down the monster superheroes, displayed in public windows.

Entrepreneurial Business Chooses Safe and Sound For Seasonal Support

Colleague Box – a new business launched by an entrepreneurial Derby couple during lockdown – have chosen Safe and Sound as its charity partner for their next personalised gifts campaign.

Adam and Natalie Bamford launched Colleague Box, a letterbox gift company, as the coronavirus pandemic was at its peak. 

They have since been inundated with orders from companies wanting to cheer up remote worker and then welcome furloughed staff back to the workplace with tasty treats and personal messages delivered through the post.

How to Support the Belper North Mill Trust

  • Book now for one of our walks and if you are a UK tax payer please Gift Aid your payment adding another 25% to your contribution to us
  • Look out for our new guided tours coming soon – and book
  • Join our Stutt’s North Mill Community Lottery – shares are just £2 a month for one entry in the draw with there is no limit on how many shares you can purchase. So the more you buy, the bigger your chance of winning! Draws take place every month and there is a bumper annual Christmas draw, where you could win even more!

Belper North Mill: Conservation and Planning

The Planning Application for the Belper Mills complex submitted in May 2018 to Amber Valley Borough Council by the site’s owner GHL Property Management and Development Ltd through their agent FI Real Estate Management Ltd remains incomplete, awaiting the submission of condition surveys for the buildings and water courses.

Try Shared Reading in Chesterfield

We’re looking for people to join a Shared Reading group on Zoom.

Shared Reading groups bring people together through great literature to talk, laugh and share.

Enjoy listening to a story or poem – no pressure to talk or read. Each session will be facilitated by a trained volunteer Reader Leader

To find out more and experience Shared Reading come along to one of our FREE online taster sessions.

Where: Online via Zoom


When: Monday September 21st 2:00-3:00pm Monday September 28th 2:00-3:00pm

Developing a Writing Mindset: Online Workshop

14th September, 2020 – 6:30pm - 7:30pm 

There is no doubt about it, writing is hard. There are so many reasons to quit. To hold strong, you need to develop a clear and focused growth mindset. This workshop will help you explore the tools you need to see your writing projects through.   

Memories to Memoir: An Introduction to Life Writing

08/09/2020 - 22/09/2020 (Morning Course or 09/09/2020 - 23/09/2020 (Evening Course)

Our Memories to Memoir online course is perfect for those looking to start documenting their life through written stories. Your life matters, it means something; you have a story to tell. It’s time to bring it to the page. A three-week course delivered online via Zoom, more details and a course outline is available on our website. 

OPEN CALL: QUAD Self Portrait (Online)

QUAD invites you to create a digital self-portrait from home. This is for any artist, of any age, anywhere. Perhaps you will make a collage and photograph it; you may make a play-dough sculpture and capture it in an image; maybe you’ll transform a room in your house into a photography studio, or you might develop your design skills by creating a digital collage.

Six award winners!

An exhibition celebrating six of our artists who have won prestigious awards:
Lewis Noble, Kerri Pratt, Anna Thomas, Wendy Darker, Sue Lewis-Blake and Mark Langley

from 1st - 25th September 2020

In order to observe Covid19 guidelines we will not be able to have a preview of the exhibition. However, if you buy an original painting by any of these artists, you will receive complimentary bottles of estate wine, supplied by Vintage Expectations Wine Club. 


Month long entertainment with New Mills Festival

New Mills Community Festival kicks off on 1st September with an entertaining month-long line up of art, music, drama, talks and family fun!
This extraordinary year has meant the festival has had to adapt, so it’ll come as no surprise that many events are being streamed online.  With social distancing in mind, there’ll be some great activities to take part in at home and outdoors too!

Cycling gets back on track at Derby Arena

Indoor track cycling is set to resume at Derby Arena from Monday 14th September for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, following confirmation today from British Cycling, the sport’s professional body.

British Cycling is working closely with all venues to support a safe return to indoor activity. It will be a phased reopening, with accredited cyclists initially allowed to return. Indoor competition is not yet permitted, but wider participation will be allowed over the coming weeks and months as guidance changes.

FORMAT News: 10 days to Open Call deadline

Time is running out to send in your submissions to the FORMAT21: Control Open Call. Don't delay any longer.

Take advantage of this opportunity to have your work seen by our stellar panel of international jurors and the chance to have your project exhibited in the UK's leading international photography festival. Read what the experts say about FORMAT.

Wang Baoguo – China

New publication; The Cat Of Doom

My novella The Cat of Doom, a surreal fantasy with poetical and musical interludes, was published this month. E-book and paperback formats both available from the publisher (FBP) or the great monster Amazon, or of course can be ordered through bookshops. Cover picture attached.

Mark P. Henderson

   Writer, editor, folktale collector, storyteller.

   Secretary, "Write from the Heart".

Live & Local - Two Job Opportunties

Audience Engagement Officer

£21,589 (Full-time @ 35 hrs per week/flexi time)

Responsible for managing and implementing the audience engagement and marketing plans for all Live & Local programmes using a mix of traditional, digital and engagement marketing techniques including supporting our network of local promoters and managing our Marketing and Publicity Assistant.

Studio Available at Haarlem Artspace

We currently have a beautiful studio space available please get in touch if you are interested.

Find out about all the artists, writers, photographers, film makers,
musicians, and other creative industry professionals at
Haarlem Artspace here 

Dry Stone Walling Course

Dry Stone Walling Course

Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September

£50 (£45 Members)

We're looking forward to holding our first event since we re-opening at the start of July! Don't miss our dry stone walling course, which will take place over two days in September. Places are limited to ensure social distancing, so, if you're interested, book your place soon to avoid missing out!

Thank you for your continued support of the Barn!

We’d like to thank all our new and returning customers for your continued support of Dronfield Hall Barn recently. As part of the government’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme, it has been a particularly busy time for us. After a tough few months, this has been a real boost to us, and has helped us get back to a sense of normality.

But we’re not quite out of the woods just yet – your support remains vital to us in the coming months, as we try and re-establish our income sources.

The Derby Witness - Call out for participants

As part of this year’s Derby Feste, members of the public are invited to submit lines of text summing up their experiences of Lockdown to be included in a new poem called ‘The Derby Witness’.  

The poem, comprising of 49 lines (one for each day of lockdown before restrictions were eased) will be written across the city of Derby for Feste weekend on the 26th and 27th September.   

To submit your line of text email  

Innocence and Expression. Creative Selfies - 4 Ways to Make a portrait

Innocence and Expression

Creative Selfies - 4 Ways to Make a portrait
Saturdays in September on ZOOM
Children aged 6 - 16 years old
2pm - 3.30pm

Saturday 5th September - Frida Kahlo Style! - Ray Gumbley
Saturday 12th September -  Picasso Style! - Marie Hegarty
Saturday 19th September - Andy Warhol Style! - Nicki Dennett
Saturday 26th September - Banksy Style!  - Lucie Maycoc

Stay Connected at Artcore

We've had a busy month handing out packs and running monday mindful moments session for Stay Connected.

We want to keep you connected with us through this time so get involved by watch our Mindful Moments and Movements sessions every Monday on Artcore Facebook

We also run our art surgery hotline on a Monday and offer tech support. Like to know more?

Sign up here

In Our Thoughts Launch

Creatively supporting our communities to cope with loss and bereavement during the Coronavirus

On Thursday 13th August we held our launch event for In our Thoughts project. This year long project is supported by the mental health charity MIND. A partnership initiated by Artcore and Sahahra to support our communities to cope with Coronavirus.

Present Tense, Future Perfect?

This month, we received 84 applications towards our residency Present Tense, Future Perfect? It was a mammoth task to choose only two artists to be in residence with us over the next month but we are happy to announce who they are! Joining us as artists in residency for the Present Tense, Future Perfect? Residency is Thomas Wynne and Kelly O'Brien, both Derby-based artists. Here is little more about them.

Artcore Associates

Artcore wants to expand and diversify our pool of associates. Becoming part of the Artcore Associates would give creatives an opportunity to approach Artcore to help them realise a project or initiative that is still in the ideation or developmental stage.

Exhibition Launch: The Sharing Of Uncertainty - John Newling

We are excited to announce the the launch of Artcore Gallery's opening show post lockdown, exhibiting the work of prominent artist and sculptor, John Newling. Newling is a pioneer of public art with a social purpose and his newest show 'The Sharing Of Uncertainty' explores his ever-expanding relationship with nature and the human species.
Join us on Friday, 25th of September at 5:00 - 8:00 pm for the launch.

August was a fun filled month with Creativity and Noise at Artcore

In August we had our first event back at Charnwood Street since reopening as we launched our new project 'In Our Thoughts.' This was a wonderful opportunity to meet new volunteers as well as introduce the project through Zoom to local coordinators. Staff and volunteers have also been back in the office, it's been lovely to actually see people in person, although it has been enjoyable to see everyones houses and their pets through zoom.

Reopened Refreshed Reawakened

Our current exhibition (and frame of mind!)

When the doors closed, it felt like time stood still....

Well, now we are reopen and delighted to bring you a refreshed look at a range of contemporary artworks from our selected artists.

Derby Rises

To celebrate the city's emergence from quarantine, and easing out of lockdown, we invite you to join us for Derby Rises, a socially distanced evening of celebration and entertainment.
Derby Rises is part of Derby CAN (Creative Arts Network), a three-year, multi-partner Arts Council England funded project to work, co-curate and co-create with different communities.