November 2020

Tideswell Community Players AGM

A chance to find out about the last financial year (when we could actually do something!) and also to think about how to plan for the coming year.

If you'd like to have more information about the meeting, or would like to get involved with the group in any way, please make contact. Tideswell Theatre are keen for new people to join.

Please share this with any friends who might be interested!

Join us for Winter Fun with Hubbub at Home

We are happy to invite you to these warming winter events coming up with Hubbub Theatre Company.

Relaxing Stretch and Handpan Music with Jen and Ines
2-3pm| Friday 27 November

Join Ines and Jen for a relaxing afternoon with some gentle movement and handpan music.
We will stretch our bodies and do some relaxation with Jen.
Then we will get cosy and listen to the beautiful sounds of Ines playing the handpan.
Bring a blanket.
All welcome!

Glossop Book Fest Launches Monthly Newsletter

Glossop Book Fest has started a monthly newsletter to promote authors, illustrators, bookshops, writing groups and anything book related. We would also welcome online events, workshops and activities. The newsletter will be sent out to our mailing list and posted on our social media pages for people to share.

December Newsletter 2020:

Over 50 new sculptures from Jeremy James

‘Digital Craft Festival’ 27th-29th November 2020

On Friday 27th November, from 10.00am, there will be over 50 new sculptures and original prints available from Purchase online for safe delivery to your home in time for Christmas. 

These new pieces have been made exclusively for 'The Digital Craft Festival', a 3-day celebration of beautifully made objects including online films, demonstrations, interviews, workshops and fantastic work available to buy.

Winter at Haarlem Artspace

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a gift, created with care by Haarlem Artspace studio holders and associates.
This year Haarlem is not having a Winter Exhibition due to  our circumstances, but you can still stock up on some locally made Christmas gifts from the artists, designers and makers at Haarlem Artspace, as well as limited edition artworks from previous exhibitions.

Save the date for our Virtual Auction

Derby Museums are excited to invite you to save the date for our first virtual auction which is being held on February 11th 2021, hosted by Auctioneer and TV personality Charles Hanson.

We will be auctioning a variety of magnificent lots ranging from days out, sporting experiences, memorabilia and much much more!

Things are moving at Cromford Mills

Help us to shape the future
Your opinion matters.

Along with so many at the moment, we're working very hard behind the scenes to emerge in the best shape we possibly can in 2021. As part of this, we're building a new website.

We'd love you to help by telling us what you think. Can you spare a few minutes?




News from Buxton International Festival

It's always an exciting moment to see a set design come together. The whole crew were thrilled to receive a delivery of the props and costumes for Donizetti's Viva La Diva from Saltzburg State Theatre last week.

Thornbridge Brewery & White Peak Distillery’s Christmas Collaboration

At White Peak Distillery, we have a special, local collaboration with our friends at Thornbridge Brewery.

A limited edition gift set which is a Derbyshire take on a traditional 'Boilermaker' (simply put, a beer and a whisky enjoyed together). And every gift set sold will raise money for the volunteer heroes on the Derby Mountain Rescue Team!

The gift set is £26 and is available on-line now for pre-order via our website for despatch on or around 4th December (click and collect from 5th).

White Peak Distillery Pop Up in Wirksworth in December

With a Tier 3 rating, difficult times again lie ahead for local businesses in the entertainment and hospitality sectors. At White Peak Distillery, we've had to extend the suspension of our distillery tours until the new year and with this close our Distillery shop (open one last time on Saturday 28th November).

So it’s heart-warming that our friends at The Northern Light Cinema, another local business closed under Tier 3, have agreed to let us open a pop-up shop at their premises in the heart of Wirksworth.

Re-Brand Project Success

Digital Multimedia Students at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre have designed new logos for the Ed Tech and Libraries for Learning teams.

The Level 3 Creative Media Production and Technology students were invited to pitch their logo ideas for the competition organised by TLA Lead Mark Dickson and Advanced Practitioner Catherine Guerrero and the winners have been announced.

Lucia Hardy received a WACOM One Graphics tablet and runner up Sophie Buglione was presented £30 gift voucher from Amazon.

Wathall’s Memorial Service Goes Online

The Annual Celebration of Remembrance and Hope gives families time to remember loved ones as Christmas approaches.

Family-owned Wathall’s, Derby’s longest-established independent funeral directors, have teamed up with Derby Cathedral to ensure that local people can still take time to remember their loved ones with a special pre-recorded service that will be available online.

First held in 2008, Wathall’s annual Celebration of Remembrance and Hope is usually attended by more than 800 people at the Cathedral.

Local Carers Voice Their Lockdown Experiences

Members of Sing Viva – the two Derbyshire carers’ choirs set up by Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ professional orchestra – have released an uplifting song that reflects experiences and feelings during lockdown.

Donations are in the bag for British Heart Foundation

Unwanted items have been exchanged for £500 of life-saving research into heart disease by staff at a Derbyshire company.

Workers from Lubrizol in Hazelwood bagged up unwanted clothes, toys, books and DVDs for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in a bid to boost the charity’s ongoing fundraising efforts.

More than 50 bags were donated to the charity as part of its ‘Bag It, Beat It’ campaign which will be distributed to its UK-wide network of retail outlets.

Keeping Derby on the move through lockdown

Among the key workers praised during the coronavirus pandemic, the bus driver stands alongside the supermarket staff, the delivery driver and many others who we could simply not have managed without. Health workers were rightly applauded as the heroes, saving lives while risking their own. But for so many Derbyshire people, the bus has been and remains a lifeline.

Virtual Santa Aims To Spread Festive Cheer

The Rotary Club of Derby has adapted its annual Santa Sleigh to spread joy and excitement to even more children this year and raise much needed funds for two charities who support some of the most vulnerable local young people. In normal times, the Club Santa Sleigh would visit families in Derby suburbs in return for donations. Due to the pandemic, such close contact may not be possible even in December, but organisers are determined not to disappoint children who traditionally enjoy seeing and meeting Santa in the approach to Christmas.

Help shine a light on Covid community heroes

First Art is today launching Shine a Light to find local heroes that have gone above and beyond to help others during the Covid-19 pandemic in communities in Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North East Derbyshire.

In the build-up to Christmas, First Art wants to provide a shining surprise to these heroes -  whether they are individuals, local groups, organisations or businesses - to thank them for all their efforts.

Buxton Fringe announces new appointments

Buxton Fringe announced two new appointments at its recent Annual General Meeting, held via Zoom this year.

Viv Marriott was voted in as Vice-Chair while Sandra Jowett became Treasurer. Stephen Walker was re-elected as Chair with Gaye Chorlton staying as Secretary. Former Vice-Chair, Maria Carnegie, a long-standing Fringe committee member, remains a trustee of the charity.

Festive Derby will be worth the wait

Christmas is still coming to Derby, just a little later than planned due to the new Government restrictions. Plans for Festive Derby will be going ahead in December, with attractions that were due to happen this month being put on hold until the current lockdown lifts.

Black Shale Newsletter - Funding, Partnerships & Networks

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.

Here's a round-up of opportunities and activities coming out of Black Shale and partners. If you'd like to have your event\project featured next time please get in touch!

Matinée Outreach Project for isolated people living with dementia

As we head into Winter, why not try something creative and new from the safety of your own home?

Do you live with dementia, or care for someone living with dementia?

Have you felt socially isolated and not comfortable using online technology?

Have you been frustrated over lockdown by the lack of activities you can do, and missed learning and trying new things?

Matinée Outreach is an arts-based project for people living with dementia (and their carers) who are isolated by Covid19 and not comfortable with online activities.

Get creative for Christmas in Markeaton Park

This December, celebrate the festivities with your family in Markeaton Park with a new series of activities and workshops. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we can’t bring you Family Festivities in the normal way this year, and so instead we are bringing you Christmas in Markeaton Park!

Food From England - Rallying Call

To the food lovers and the food trade of the UK,

The past eight months has seen disaster and innovation within the regional food & drink sector, possibly in equal measure. We have witnessed the rise and fall of our artisan cheesemakers and watched with sadness as our cousins in food service saw their trade plummet overnight.

This has been balanced by independent retailers attracting new customers, adopting the internet as a tool to keep them, and unearthing previously unknown suppliers from their area to broaden the retail offer.

Job Opportunities at Artcore

We have two new exciting positions opening here at Artcore for an Assistant Curator – Digital & Media and a Finance Officer!

Deadline for submission: 15th November 2020

Derby City - Festive Market Call Out...

We are pleased to confirm that Derby Market Place will make a festive transformation to host a COVID-secure traditional Christmas Market.

Taking place on the 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th December 2020 10:00am – 16:00pm.

Wathall’s Win Regional Award

Helen Wathall MBE has won the title of Family Business Director of the Year in the prestigious Midlands Institute of Directors annual awards.

Helen is the fifth generation of her family to run Wathall’s which is Derby’s longest established independent funeral directors - established since 1858 - and now also has branches in Ashbourne, Alvaston, Borrowash and Burton.

She was appointed Managing Director after the death of her father Bill Wathall and has recently been joined in the business by her daughters Bec and Charlotte.

Arboretum’s Lantern Parade Going On-line!

Due to the ongoing Covid restrictions this year’s Luminate cannot go ahead as a lantern parade around Derby’s wonderful Arboretum. The organisers, The Friends of Derby Arboretum, following on from their summer festival success via Zoom and YouTube will be organising the celebration online.

Derbyshire Writing School Workshop: Beating Writer’s Block

We’ve all felt stuck. Spending hours staring at a blank page. Watching the cursor torment us with its unending, repetitive blink. But it doesn’t have to be this way. This workshop will kick-start your imagination as we explore where writer’s block comes from and how you can overcome it. This is an online workshop delivered live via Zoom. This session was previously delivered as part of the Buxton Fringe Festival and is a repeat session.  

Date: Monday 7th December, 2020.  

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm  

Price - £12 

Derby City - Festive Market Call Out...

We are pleased to confirm that Derby Market Place will make a festive transformation to host a COVID-secure traditional Christmas Market on the 4, 5, 6 and 10, 11, 12, 13 December 2020 10:00 – 16:00. 

This is a unique opportunity to showcase your products in a clear and established destination with Christmas footfall and supported by an extensive marketing campaign in run up to Christmas.

We will be providing a covered cabin with heating and power to keep you comfortable throughout your visit.

Free online platform for Derbyshire Artists and Makers to promote and sell work.

Derbyshire County Council, working with District and Borough partners, is supporting the roll out of new one-stop local shopping website across towns and villages in Derbyshire by offering 1 year free subscription to local businesses, including artists and makers. We understand how difficult it has been for so many artists and makers who have been unable to sell their work at markets and fairs, so are we’re really keen to encourage as many as possible to join and benefit from the no commission on sales platform.

Why Danielle's toiletries are going down a bomb!

A woman who launched her own handmade bath bomb company during the peak of the pandemic has taken on seven members of staff to help her keep up with the demand for 2,000 products a day.

Danielle Dunn left her fulltime job in March and moved into a workshop just five days before the UK’s first lockdown – forcing her to move her business, Divine Box, back into her Swadlincote home.

Although the 33-year-old feared her company might fail before it had even begun, she has been overwhelmed with orders – including one for 22,000 bath bombs.

Artcore November Newsletter

We are thrilled to say that throughout October we were able to open up Charnwood Street further to accommodate face to face sessions. Sessions such as Playful Changes with Clay and the Rise and Fall Autumn Art sessions ran from the building and visitors were able to interact and take part in person.

Bennetts is back

Bennetts, the world’s oldest department store, has returned to the virtual high street with the official launch of a new retail website.

Peer to Peer: UK/HK Online Exhibition

Ft. over 30 artists based in UK and Hong Kong. Exhibiting from 11 November - 13 December 2020.

To celebrate international cultural exchange between the UK and Hong Kong, the Peer to Peer: UK/HK Online Festival will be launching an online exhibition of new and existing digital artwork from UK and Hong Kong based artists from Wed 11 November to Sun 13 December 2020. The exhibition will be free to access and will accompany an online events programme discussing topical themes and issues affecting visual arts sectors across the world.

Writers' News: Derbyshire Writing School Workshop: Beating Writer’s Block

We’ve all felt stuck. Spending hours staring at a blank page. Watching the cursor torment us with its unending, repetitive blink. But it doesn’t have to be this way. This workshop will kick-start your imagination as we explore where writer’s block comes from and how you can overcome it. This is an online workshop delivered live via Zoom. This session was previously delivered as part of the Buxton Fringe Festival and is a repeat session.  

Date: Monday 7th December, 2020.  

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm  

Price - £12 

Behind the Scenes with BIF

While we plan for 2021, we are delighted to share the first in a series of conversations with creative team members who are helping to bring our productions to life. Our freelancers' skills are essential to our artistic endeavours and although their work largely happens behind the scenes, they contribute a huge amount of energy and talent to the Festival.

Derbyshire businessman invents outdoor dining pods for the hospitality sector hit by the global pandemic

A Derbyshire businessman has created a unique outdoor dining shelter to help save the hospitality industry during Covid-19.

Richard Sleigh, 50, from Stanley Village, believes his Freedom Pod – modelled on the Second World War Anderson air raid shelter – will solve the dilemma facing bars and
restaurants of keeping customers socially distanced.

It should equally appeal to diners, especially given the news that you are 19 times more likely to contract the virus indoors, than outside.

Regroup, Recruit and Rebuild your workforce with support funding from the University of Derby

The University of Derby is DRIVEN to support local SMES-Claim free recruitment and training support plus £1,000 funding:

We understand that this can be an uncertain time to recruit, and so to ease those concerns, the University of Derby can support Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire SMEs with £1000 support funding if they recruit any individual that has graduated within the last 3 years. This includes graduates from any university, so do get in touch if you have recruited recently or are planning to.

Online classes to resume as leisure centres close

Following the Government’s announcement of new national restrictions due to COVID-19, Derby Arena, Queen’s Leisure Centre and Springwood Leisure Centre will close their doors to the public on Wed 4 Nov, at their normal closure time.

Enjoying Derby's parks during the new restrictions

As the new national restrictions around COVID-19 come into effect, the team at Derby Parks hope the public will continue to enjoy the city’s parks and open spaces for exercise and mental wellbeing, just as they did during the spring lockdown.

Temporary service changes at Derby Libraries

New national Government restrictions due to COVID-19 means temporary changes to services at Derby Libraries.

Some services are continuing, including those which offer support to members of our community at this uncertain time.

St Peters Quarter Businesses Support Local Hospitals’ Charity

Businesses in Derby’s St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) have presented a giant cheque for £550 to Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity to support the work of the Royal Derby Hospital Intensive Care Unit.

The money has been collected by businesses across the BID area and online over the summer including through the innovative MonsterHero Safari Trail which was a high street story-trail experience organised by the BID.

The cheque was presented by SPQ BID board member Chris Memmott who is a local director for Nationwide Building Society.

Derby Museums to close as second national lockdown announced

The closures will affect both Derby Museum and Art Gallery and Pickford’s House from Wednesday

Derby Museums will once again close its doors to the public this week in response to the Government’s announcement of a second national lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Coming up at Foxes' Retreat (ONLINE) we have:

Short Story Writing courses (6 weeks) - next one starting on 6th January 2021

Novel Writing courses ( 12 weeks) - next one starting on 12th January 2021

Journaling Afternoon Workshops - 28th November and 19th December (1 til 4pm, on the third Saturday of the month in 2021)

Online Writing Group - on the first Tuesday of each month (7:30pm to 9:30pm)

Important Information from Dronfield Hall Barn

Barn Closed - Tuesday 3rd November

We apologise for the short notice - the Barn will now be closed for a wedding on Tuesday 3rd November 2020.

We have a lovely couple who have now had to postpone their wedding twice due to Covid lockdowns. They were due to get married this coming Saturday and we have managed to work with them to bring it forward to this Tuesday so they can finally have their special day!