June 2022

July Events at Spring Bank Arts: Kell Wind Trio

Sunday 3rd July 2:30pm
Afternoon Tea Concert with 'The Kell Wind Trio'

The Kell Wind Trio : Alastair Roberts (flute) Geoffrey Smith (clarinet) and Alex Kane (bassoon), three highly experienced chamber and orchestral musicians have gained a reputation for giving lively and informative concerts at music societies throughout the North West.

July Events at Spring Bank Arts: Coffee Morning

Saturday 2nd July 10.30am-12.30pm
Coffee Morning
Come and join us this Saturday for our monthly coffee morning. You will find a lovely selection of homemade cakes, fresh tea and coffee and friendly faces. We have a large and welcoming hall for friends and family to enjoy or grab a coffee and cake to go while you head into town or go out for a walk.
You can also just pop in to see what we have coming up in our event programme, purchase tickets, find out more about getting involved and become a member.
Hope to see you there.

Echoes: reverberations across millennia By Ann Bates

I have been working with clay for over 25 years, hand building coiled or slab vessels. Twenty years ago, when my partner John unexpectedly died, working with clay helped me through bereavement and inadvertently changed the focus of my work.

A warm welcome to LEVEL Centre’s new board members

Level Centre are delighted to welcome four new members to its board: Omar Khan, Ness Brooks, Rebecca Brown and Julie Usherwood.

LEVEL is a combined arts centre in Rowsley that aims to ‘Celebrate the Art that Difference Makes’. It works with learning disabled adults, disabled creatives and the wider community. With the introduction of new board members, the board is now representative of the varied communities that LEVEL serves. 

Derwent Valley Mills is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List

Derwent Valley Mills, the East Midland’s only World Heritage Site is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Since inscription, we have been the lead partner in managing and protecting the site, and hosting the officers who carry out that work.

You can join in the celebrations at Cromford Mills and Canal Wharf on Saturday 16 July, from 10am to 4pm.

Derbyshire Film Makers Produce World’s First Hybrid AI Animation

Two Derbyshire filmmakers are set to release a world first in animation having used artificial intelligence to pioneer a brand-new filmmaking process. 

Directors Bethan Coolin and Samuel Poyser have combined traditional filmmaking with cutting edge AI modelling technology which has helped them to bring their vision to life. 

This Girl Codes Heritage Hack at Creswell Crags

Wednesday, 13 July 2022, 09:30-15:30

Tickets £5pp https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/ThisGirlCodesHeritageHackatCreswellCrags2022

Join Junction Arts and artists Cora Glasser & Tyler Turner to explore Creswell Crags and the caves in new ways. This is an exclusive opportunity for Derbyshire based home-educated families to access Robin Hood’s Cave to see the witch marks and then take part in inspiring arts, tech and heritage activities. 

Local Teenager Secures Job After DCG ‘Get Hired’ Event

An Ilkeston teenager has recently started a Healthcare Assistant job at a residential care home just weeks after meeting her future employers at a jobs fair organised by Derby College Group (DCG).

Charlotte Carter (18) is profoundly deaf – diagnosed when she was just six months old - and has had caring responsibilities at home from a young age.

Deskbound staff put their best feet forward with 1,202 mile walk to support refugees

A team of employees from a busy Derbyshire marketing agency are taking on a whopping 1,202 walk to support refugees in troubled parts of the globe who must trek many miles in search of safety.

A group of ten staff members from MacMartin, a full-service marketing agency based at the Bartonfields Centre in Church Broughton, are putting their walking shoes on during lunch breaks and evenings in order to get their miles in before the end of June.

Timms Duo Clinch Trio of Awards At Legal Skills Triathlon

A Paralegal at Timms Solicitors has won the top prize in an annual competition organised by Derby & District Law Society (DDLS) in association with Derby Law School at the University of Derby.

Leah Pilling came first in the Legal Skills Triathlon which was held at Derby Law School in Friargate Square. Her colleague, trainee solicitor Michael Radze-Constable also won two awards on the day.

Awe-Inspiring Artwork Set To Visit Derby Cathedral

‘Gaia’ artwork, Derby Cathedral, September 22nd to October 16th

Visitors to Derby Cathedral this autumn will be able to experience an astronaut’s view of the world when the stunning ‘Gaia’ artwork comes to the city as part of its worldwide tour.

‘Gaia’, which in Greek mythology means the personification of the Earth, has been created by UK artist Luke Jerram whose previous artwork ‘Museum of the Moon’ came to Derby Cathedral in 2019.

Wathall’s Expands With Chaddesden Branch Opening

Family-owned Wathall’s, Derby’s longest-established independent funeral directors, has opened its seventh branch across Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

The new branch in Nottingham Road, Chaddesden, joins the existing branch network of Macklin Street in Derby city centre, Allestree, Alvaston, Ashbourne, Borrowash and Burton-on-Trent.

The branch, managed by long-standing Wathall’s employee Sarah Yeomans, was officially opened this week by two city councillors representing the Chaddesden ward - Jonathan Smale and Jerry Pearce - who welcomed Wathall’s to the area.


50 acts join the line-up as the festival promises to be the largest event of its kind in 2022


The most outrageous trip down memory lane, BACK 2 FESTIVAL is returning for summer 2022, with a line-up boasting over 50 artists from the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s! The 2022 event will take place from Thursday 30th June – Sunday 3rd July with improved access and room for even more festival goers. Going into its sixth year, BACK 2 FESTIVAL is moving back to where it all started at Catton Park in Derbyshire.


Get Back that Festival Feeling at Stainsby

What with everything that's been going on (or in most cases, NOT going on), it's been nearly three years since the last Festival. That's three whole years since we all met up for a weekend of music, dancing, a drink or two and the sheer celebration of being together with friends again in Stainsby's magical fields. Ask yourself, have you forgotten how good it feels?

New Exhibition - Summer Show at the Old Lockup Gallery

Next exhibition - 25th June 2-5pm

Summer Show

The Summer Show is opening very soon - it promises to be an exhibition full of colour and movement: imbuing a sense of Summer throughout the gallery space!
As always everyone will be warmly welcomed, both to the opening on 25th June (2-5pm) and the gallery whilst the exhibition runs through until 7th August.
Work will also be available to view online via our website once the show has opened.



Graphics/ Illustrator Open Call for Mining Memorial Project

We are seeking a talented illustrator / graphic designer to take an artist-led creative approach to producing both a commemorative publication and a site/ visitor map that will be shared physically and digitally at the final celebration event for the Walking Together mining memorial trail project this autumn.

Volunteering Opportunity with Crossroads Derbyshire

We are recruiting women volunteers to support others who have experienced domestic abuse. There is a Volunteer Befriender Workshop being held on Wednesday 6th July, 10:30-12 at Bradbury House in Glossop. It will be an informal chat to share more information about the role and details on how to apply. I have attached the poster we are circulating. Places need to be booked via this link:

Bronze Medal For Students’ Garden Design

Horticulture students at Derby College Group (DCG) have won a bronze medal for their show garden entry at this year’s Gardeners World Live show at the NEC.

The mature part-time students’ design and build was entered into the professional category this year – competing against high budget gardens created by landscape companies.

Haywire Theatre brings theatre-in-the-dark to audiences across UK fringes with Nyctophilia

In collaboration with upcoming writer Isaac Saward, Haywire Theatre is touring across the UK with their new, original production, Nyctophilia, providing a unique experience to audiences.

The show, which is the first on the fringe scene to tackle theatre-in-the-dark for an entire performance, invites audiences for an entirely new kind of theatre experience.The Buxton run opens at Underground at The Old Clubhouse, Buxton and will be playing on Thurs 7th July at 2:30pm, Fri 8th July at 1pm and Sat 10th July 10pm.

Best Comedy Show Winner and 6-time nominee Nathan Cassidy returns with new show

Multi-award winning comedian Nathan Cassidy and 6-time nominee for Best Solo Comedy Show at the Buxton Fringe returns with new show

In Hot Tub God, Nathan tries to find something uplifting in this cruel world of war and lying leaders, as he works out what the hell to say in a speech for his best friend’s third wedding.  The answers to everything all start with a miracle in a hot tub!

‘Still the best in the game...Immaculate is the word for the show’ WINNER BEST STANDUP Brighton Fringe 2022 Seagull.News

Fringe Team Turn Town Orange

Buxton Fringe committee members met outside Buxton Opera House to plant up the first of this year’s orange Fringe “hot spots” recently. Buxton Fringe has been encouraging more orange-themed floral displays around the town in the run up to the event, which runs from July 6-24 and features 170 entrants in categories including theatre, comedy, music and more.

Poet and Broadcasting Bard opens Repton Literary Festival

Popular poet and BBC broadcaster Ian McMillan has chosen Repton Literary Festival as the only venue outside

his beloved Yorkshire to launch his latest literary venture this summer.

Ian has cut back on live performance in recent months to focus on his writing and broadcasting work. 

But the pull of the Repton Literary and Film Festival in July proved just too tempting.  He will open the three day Repton

High Sheriff’s visit invites children to think big

CHILDREN at a city school were given an insight into one of the most ancient jobs in Derbyshire when the High Sheriff paid them a visit.

Youngsters in the primary phase of The Bemrose School, in Uttoxeter Road, enjoyed a talk from former solicitor Mike Copestake, who was appointed High Sheriff of Derbyshire in April.

His visit was part of a tour of 100 primary schools across the county as he hopes to help raise career aspirations among the city’s youngest children.

Cute yellow and blue bakes at Derbyshire company raise money for refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine

Colleagues at a Derbyshire company put their scientific skills to good use by holding a charity bake sale to support refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine.

Employees at Lubrizol, a chemicals company with a UK headquarters in Hazelwood near Belper, held a grand cake sale which raised more than £1,000 for the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine appeal.

Lubrizol staff showed off their lab-honed skills by creating a range of bakes, many of which they made in the now-famous blue and yellow colours of the Ukraine flag.

International Students Gain Writing Inspiration From Chatsworth House

A book of personal stories by Lexis students at Derby College Group (DCG) inspired by Chatsworth House has been published as part of Derby Book Festival’s Shared Writing project.

The students, aged 16 to 18, are recent arrivals to the UK from 16 different countries and are learning English, maths and digital skills at DCG.

They were invited to tour Chatsworth House and then write about memories of their home or heritage that a certain element or artefact in the house and gardens evoked.

DCG Teacher Awarded With Platinum Jubilee Medal

Michael Grange, an Advanced Practitioner in work-based learning and apprenticeships at Derby College Group (DCG) has been awarded a Platinum Jubilee Medal for his services working as a volunteer for the ambulance service.

Michael has volunteered as a community first responder for East Midlands Ambulance Service for many years – attending any life-threatening emergencies in the local area.

The Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir were privileged to sing at the wedding of the choir’s President, Jason Darnell

The Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir were privileged to sing at the wedding of the choir’s President, Jason Darnell, to Rachel Wass at York Minster on Saturday 14 May 2022 as part of a mass choir, consisting of the York based choir the ‘Ebor Singers’, which includes some members of the Minster choir; ‘Cantorum’ and talented choristers and friends drawn from other choirs that Jason has association with.

Scouse comedian offering ‘laughs for life’ at buxton festival fringe

Jewish/Scouse stand-up comedian Henry Churniavsky has two shows on Saturday 23rd July 2022. Both shows are to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health Charities. He came up with the idea after his best friend’s son attempted suicide, and never recovered. He is now an Ambassador for The Mental Health Charity Jami UK and he also supports YoungMinds Mental Health Charity.


Show 1: With All Jew Respect- 2pm-3pm

Show 2: ‘Laugh For Life Comedy’ Charity Compilation Event- 6.30pm-7.30pm

Natural History photographic competition

This year we will be running our Natural History photographic competition.

The theme is Renewal, Rebirth and Hope in Nature.

This could be the first pioneering spring bulbs breaking the surface after winter, young swallows with their parents or a newly hatched butterfly.

There will be an exhibition at the Barn in November for all the winners, runners up and other notable pictures.

There will be three age brackets:

12 and under


18 and over

BIF 2022 is Almost Here!

The countdown for BIF 2022 has started!  Rehearsals are underway and excitement is mounting!  Violet premiered at Aldeburgh Festival on Friday, garnering 5* reviews.  Its grand finale is in Buxton on the 18th July - will you agree with the critics?

We're thrilled to be bringing you a fantastic programme, filled with spectacular operas, innovative music and opinion-forming discussion - bring on July!

Angela Bra: Life Lessons

I would like to let you know about my show, Angela Bra: Life Lessons - which is being performed on June 8th and 9th at The Green Man Gallery at 8.30pm in Buxton as part of their fringe. I am based in Glossop and am very much looking forward to bringing puns, parodies and pop to the festival.

Singer/Songwriter, rising star on social media and part-time primary school music teacher, Miss Angela Bra, invites you to share in her words of wisdom with an hour of pop, parodies and puns. It’s a shower of silliness in a world all too consumed with what other people think.

SUNKISSED - An exhibition at Creative Melbourne Gallery

Summer is on the way and our thoughts turn to lazy walks in the countryside and long sunny days. Make a date to visit the Creative Melbourne Gallery and enjoy Sunkissed an exhibition featuring work by Carole Baker, Kate Brooks, Erica Just, Steven McLoughlin, Cheryl Wilbraham and Peter Watson with ceramics by Bradley Spencer and Wirework by Judith Brown.

We are open 10-4 Wednesday to Saturday from 8th June to 9th July.

To find out more visit https://www.melbournefestival.co.uk/pop-up-gallery

Junction Arts hiring Office Manager

Junction Arts are recruiting. We are seeking an experienced Office Manager to ensure the day-to-day smooth running of an award-winning arts charity.

Office Manager (30 hours per week) based in Chesterfield, closing date 12th July.


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Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir Est 1903

Like all choir’s, the Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir, has been severely affected by the Covid Pandemic. For a long time, it was restricted to practice by internet zoom sessions and all its arranged concerts had to be cancelled.

Returning to regular practice in the summer of 2021, it was decided that the choir would take its time before singing again in concert and to rebuild its confidence.

Additional Support For Safe and Sound Marks Platinum Jubilee

Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, has been chosen as one of just 23 charities and organisations nationwide to be awarded a special grant to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Safe and Sound has been awarded £7,000 to help fund an expanding aspect of its work with vulnerable young people and adults whose learning difficulties and additional needs make them at particular risk of exploitation including online grooming, sexual exploitation, County Lines, trafficking, modern slavery and radicalisation.

Double award win for Enthusiasm Trust

A DERBY charity that has helped countless young people achieve a better life has won two awards in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the city.

Enthusiasm Trust, which is based in Cotton Lane, has been helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their full potential since the charity was launched in 1992.

The organisation was presented with the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VSCE) award at the Derby Volunteer Awards 2022, organised by Community Action.

International Students Gain Writing Inspiration From Chatsworth House

A book of personal stories by Lexis students at Derby College Group (DCG) inspired by Chatsworth House has been published as part of Derby Book Festival’s Shared Writing project.

The students, aged 16 to 18, are recent arrivals to the UK from 16 different countries and are learning English, maths and digital skills at DCG.

Yellow and blue bakes sell like hot cakes at company charity sale in aid of war-torn Ukraine

Colleagues at a Derbyshire company put their scientific skills to good use by holding a charity bake sale to support refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine.

Employees at Lubrizol, a chemicals company with a UK headquarters in Hazelwood near Belper, held a grand cake sale which raised more than £1,000 for the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine appeal.

Lubrizol staff showed off their lab-honed skills by creating a range of bakes, many of which they made in the now-famous blue and yellow colours of the Ukraine flag.

Junction Arts - June Events & News

Jubilee Jam

Junction Arts have been supporting The Brook in Shirebrook, who are celebrating the Jubilee with a concert performed by local musicians.

Come along and support the local talent at this family friendly celebration.
25th June 2022 at The Book Community Church & Centre, Shirebrook. For further information please call the The Brook on 01623 744371

Platinum jubilee celebrations a right royal success for Derby

Over the special bank holiday weekend, thousands flocked to the city centre to join in with the historic Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.

The celebrations officially started on Thursday 2 June with a beacon lighting ceremony held on Cathedral Green in the city centre. Over 1,000 people gathered around the Bonnie Prince Charlie statue to see the ceremony led by HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Mrs Elizabeth Fothergill CBE. At 9.45pm she joined others who lit over 1,500 beacons simultaneously across the UK.

Matlock Food & Drink Festival

Our first event of the year is in the beautiful Hall Leys Park for our Matlock Food & Drink Festival.

A 2-day festival celebrating great food and drink with fantastic entertainment all day.

And it's free to enter. Visit the Facebook page for more.

Comedy at Buxton Fringe - Its time to party

After the last couple of years, people need a bit of cheering up. Luckily, Buxton Festival Fringe has always had a strong reputation for comedy, and 2022’s Fringe looks set to be quite a party.

Buxton legend Kate Butch returns with her solo show, as well as teaming up with drag rival Crudi Dench for Drag Queens vs Zombies. Miss Angela Bra shares her words of wisdom through pop, parodies and puns, and teams up with lifelong friend Annie Sup for their Disco Divorce Party.

Three’s Company Celebrate 20th Anniversary Production

Buxton-born theatre group Three’s Company are celebrating their 20th year at the Buxton Fringe this July. Their upcoming adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s international best-selling novel The Little Prince will be the group’s 20th play at the annual arts festival since 2003 when they staged their first ever play aged 16.

Buxton Fringe’s oldest venue returns triumphant

Buxton’s largest and longest-running Fringe venue – Underground – returns with a full programme of events for the first time since 2019. The venue-group will be back in full strength at the Old Clubhouse and Arts Centre Studio in the centre of Buxton from 6-24 July as part the Buxton Festival Fringe.

What's on at Artcore this June

We have an exciting programme lined up for this month including our immersive event Interplay, amplifying Youth Voices and launching our latest exhibition, On The Move with Felix Nussbaum. Make sure to pop into Artcore Gallery, Shop and Café to sample our freshly roasted coffee and tasty treats, interact with a truth illuminating machine and pick up a handmade craft kit.

New release by author Ann Thorson

Chesterfield-born author Ann Thorsson has just released her third book - a novella called Dark Shadows (UK Book Publishing). Though Dark Shadows is described as the sequel to Ann's first novel, Downhill, it can still be read as a stand-alone. Set in and around the Derbyshire Peak District and the fictional mining town of Castle Ridge, Dark Shadows picks up the threads from a tragic event which occurred thirty years earlier in Downhill.

Stainsby Festival

Stainsby Festival is a well-established, intimate and family-friendly event in a beautiful rural setting, held in large marquees on a greenfield site in the picturesque hamlet of Stainsby, Derbyshire. It's a registered charity and a not-for-profit event run entirely by unpaid volunteers, not some faceless corporate. Stainsby is all about live music and performance: hearing, playing, writing, performing, and learning.