July 2022

Derbyshire science company and charity urge folk to “walk this way” to mark 55-mile route’s 20th birthday


A Derbyshire charity has teamed up with a science company to hold an open walking weekend marking a picturesque hiking trail’s 20th birthday.


Science company Lubrizol, whose UK headquarters is based at Hazelwood near Belper, has joined forces with the Derwent Valley Trust to hold an open walking weekend on July 9 and 10 celebrating the beauty of the 55-mile “Heritage Way” which runs from Ladybower Reservoir down to Shardlow in South Derbyshire.


In ‘Spired’ Derbyshire school staff put their best feet forward for charity giving seaside breaks to community’s children

Teaching staff at a Derbyshire infant and nursery school stepped up to a challenge when they raised more than £1,000 for a much-loved children’s charity, by going on a long hike together.

Staff at Spire Nursery & Infant School on Derby Road in Chesterfield arranged to each do a ten mile walk either as a team or in their own time. Many staff walked around the whole of Carsington Water near Ashbourne in order to raise vital funds for the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre charity.

Multi-Use Titles

Every month we get a new selection of titles on our BorrowBox app of both eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be taken out by multiple users at one time.

Young Writers' Annual Show Case 2022

Creative Writing Competition

All 4- 18 year-olds are invited to take part in the Young Writers’ 2022 Annual Showcase which celebrates all styles of creative writing up to 1,000 words!

The closing date 19 September 2022

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Belper Library Lego Family Workshops

Do you love lego? Then come along to our lego sessions on Tuesday 2 August for Age 5+ (children must be accompanied by an adult). 

Tan Draig is leading the Creative Building activities, funded by Fleet Arts.

Session 1: 10:30am-12:30pm  or  Session 2: 2.30pm-4.30pm

Summer Reading Challenge

Are you looking for something to entertain your children this summer? Then look no further than the Gadgeteers, Summer Reading Challenge 2022, taking place in our libraries this summer! The goal is for your child to read six library books over the course of the summer holidays, with stickers along the way and a medal & certificate for those that manage to finish.

Help for businesses recruiting talent

Do you run a business and would like support to recruit more staff?

Why not come along to the Recruiting Talent North Derbyshire (Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover) on Tuesday19 July at Chesterfield College.

Chesterfield's new walk and cycle route

If you live in Chesterfield we're inviting you to have your say in three consultations on the Chesterfield east-west walking and cycling route.

We're building a new walking and cycling route in the town, which completes the link across Chesterfield from east to west. 

Art competition winners announced

A prestigious art competition run by our Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has announced this year's winners, following a two-year break because of Covid.

Cath Dunn was announced as the winner of the Derbyshire Trophy, recognised as the main competition prize, for her piece Dark and White Peak, above.

Protect yourself against scammers

We're urging older and vulnerable residents across Derbyshire to be on their guard against unsolicited phone calls claiming to be from a community alarm company.

Our Trading Standards officers have been made aware of several instances where the caller tries to get a resident to make a payment over the phone, telling them their existing alarm company has gone bust and they’ve taken over the contract.

Major road resurfacing work continues

Did you know we’ve improved more than 80 roads across the county since May?


Our contractors are just finishing this surface dressing work which works to extend the life of roads by spreading a layer of bitumen followed by a layer of chippings, with loose chippings swept away later.

Join the Summer Reading Challenge

Do you have any primary school children in your family? Tell them about our libraries' Summer Reading Challenge.

The long school summer holidays could mean that your child's reading level 'dips' over the six weeks. The Summer Reading Challenge is designed to stop that.

Can you help trace the relatives of 13 miners who tragically lost their lives in the 1937, 1938 and 1973 accidents at Markham Colliery?

We would like to get in touch with the relatives of the men who are set to be commemorated with a life-size steel figure as part of the ‘Walking Together’ mining memorial.

The memorial, led by both ourselves and the Markham Vale Heritage Group, will eventually feature 106 life-size steel figures stretching between the village of Duckmanton in Chesterfield and the former pithead.

Each figure is part of a walking trail that symbolises a miner’s journey to the pit and back home again and represents the 106 men who lost their lives in the three accidents at the site.

Croots Farm Shop shortlisted in Great Food Club Awards 2022

Derbyshire farm shop Croots has been shortlisted for the third year running in the Great Food Club Awards.

The popular farm shop in Wirksworth Road, Duffield, has been selected as a finalist in the best shop category of the awards.

Food lovers across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire nominated their favourite independent shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs, bakeries, and food and drink producers.

Safe and Sound Wins Funding For Youth Mental Health Support

Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, has been awarded £75K over three years to provide mental health support to children and young people across the city and county.

The funding is being provided by the UK Youth Fund – Thriving Minds, a new programme being delivered by leading national youth work charity UK Youth.

Safe and Sound will use the money to expand and embed youth work and positive activities for young people ranging from cultural and sporting activities to outreach and team building.

Rolls-Royce Further Cements Relationship With Sinfonia Viva

Engineering world leader Rolls-Royce plc has re-confirmed its commitment to East Midlands’ orchestra Sinfonia Viva which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Rolls-Royce, which has been a long-time supporter of the Orchestra’s education and community work, has confirmed funding for the next three years.

The company has worked in partnership with Sinfonia Viva for more than 25 years and its financial support has funded a wide range of projects.

DCG Awarded Fifth Gold Career Mark

Derby College Group (DCG) has been awarded the top accreditation for the fifth time in recognition of its consistent quality in providing careers, employability and enterprise advice and guidance for students at its campuses in Derby, Ilkeston and Morley.

The College was assessed by Career Mark, the licensed awarding body, who considered how students were supported with planning the next stage of their lives – whether that be higher education, apprenticeships, employment or starting their own businesses.

DCG Teams Up With HSG To Save Water, Money And Improve The Washroom Experience

Derby College Group (DCG) has further improved its environmental credentials by teaming up with market-leading washroom water conservations specialists HSG who have installed their award-winning Ureco system at three key sites.

A total of 43 Ureco units and 13 Uretech water managers have been installed at DCG’s flagship technical and vocational skills college, The Roundhouse, in Pride Park as well as at the neighbouring Hudson Building and the Joseph Wright Centre in the city centre.

Three former 'Skeggy home' holiday makers share memories of much-loved Derbyshire children's charity

SUMMER holidays will soon be here. For those lucky enough to get away, there’s the prospect of that carefree joy of leaving behind our day-to-day lives for a while. But for many in Derbyshire, their only break as a child came – and still comes - courtesy of a much-loved charity that has been sending youngsters on holiday to Skegness for 131 years. LUCY STEPHENS speaks to just some of those who have never forgotten the kindness shown to them at the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre.

DCG Celebrates Student Achievements

The achievements and commitment of students and staff across Derby College Group (DCG) have gone under the spotlight with a series of celebration events.

Young people and adults who have been studying a wide range of subjects from Childcare to Professional Construction gathered for presentations to mark the end of the academic year, celebrate success and bid farewell to those moving onto the next stage of their lives.

Broomfield Hall Open Gardens and Rare Plant Fair

Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall will open its historic 25 acres of grounds and gardens to visitors on Sunday July 31 for a rare plant and craft fair between 11am and 3pm. Specialist stalls include cacti, succulents, carnivorous plants and arts and crafts with bonsai demonstrations.  The college's plant centre will be open as normal offering a wide range of seasonal plants and shrubs for sale. Meanwhile the volunteer-run pop-up

Pedal Power Reaps Rewards For Charity

Commercial property specialist Mark Richardson, who is a partner at BB&J Commercial in The Wyvern, Derby, has raised more than £1,000 for local specialist child exploitation charity Safe and Sound.

Mark is the charity’s chair of trustees and pledged to cycle the 150 mile coast to coast route in one day as part of BB&J Commercial’s support for Safe and Sound’s 20th anniversary year.

Bursary Support Paves The Way For DCG Student’s Medical Aspirations

An A Level student at Derby College Group (DCG) has been awarded a coveted bursary to support her ambitions to study Medicine at university.

Rabina Bulakoti (19) from Littleover has studied at DCG since joining her father in the UK from her home in Nepal three years ago.

Having excelled in her studies, she has been nominated by teachers and accepted onto the Medify UCAT practice platform with a full bursary.

Elvaston Castle set to become a Winter Wonderland when it’s lit up for Christmas

ELVASTON castle is going to be sprinkled with fairy dust and transformed into an enchanting Winter Wonderland this Christmas where families will be able to visit Santa and his elves, enjoy an outdoor ice rink and take a magical walk through a state of the art lightshow.


For the first time ever, the popular country park is set to host its own festive family event in the run up to Christmas, which will see the house and its iconic grounds lit up with awe-inspiring illuminations providing a stunning multi-sensory experience.