September 2022

Derby City Council launch Home to School transport consultation


Derby City Council launched a 12-week consultation today encouraging people to share their views on a proposal to change the way we currently provide discretionary home to school or college travel assistance for eligible sixth form learners by instead of arranging taxis and minibuses, or paying fuel reimbursements, the Council proposes to replace them with personal travel budget payments, together with new and enriched Independent Travel Training service to help and support more young people to become independent travellers.

Croots Farm Shop in Derbyshire named Shop of the Year

Popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots has won the title of Shop of the Year in the Great Food Club Awards 2022/2023.

The farm shop has previously been a finalist in the awards run by Great Food Club, which shines a light on and celebrates the East Midlands’ best food and drink independents.

Now Croots, based just outside Duffield on Wirksworth Road, has scooped the number one title.

Tickets go on sale for Derby Book Festival

Tickets have gone on sale for the autumn edition of the Derby Book Festival which is being headlined by TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Dan Walker.

The city’s popular literary event will run from November 4th to 6th and names including Sunday Times bestseller Raynor Winn have already been announced.

Tickets can be booked for individual events and this year a Festival Pass is available providing access to multiple events.

Derbyshire History Makers celebrated in new exhibition exploring History - Herstory - Mystory - Theirstory - Ourstory

A new exhibition and project lab - History Makers: A celebration of Derbyshire women and gender diversity - opens this week at Derby Museum and Art Gallery and will run until February 2023.

Content for the exhibition has been years in the making, developed from feedback from visitors, volunteers and community members about the lack of representation for both women and gender diversity within the museums’ galleries.

New Headteacher has ‘smart’ ideas to future proof historic school

One of the city’s most historic schools has appointed a new head teacher who has pledged to serve the school and its community and commit to breaking down communication barriers.

Paul Burrows has been announced as the new head teacher of Royal School for the Deaf Derby, in Ashbourne Road, after current head teacher Helen Shepherd stepped down at the end of the last academic year.

Eyam Village Bonfire and Firework Display

Come and celebrate Eyam Village Bonfire and Firework Display on Saturday 5th November.  Entertainment starts in the village square from 5.30pm.  The torch-lit music-led procession of the infamous ‘Willow RAT’ leaves at 6.15pm, carrying it through the village to the chants of ‘Burn the Rat’ up to the playing fields.  The RAT is laid on the spectacular bonfire which is then followed by our fabulous firework display.

Great nights out on your doorstep: Live & Local launches Autumn/Winter 2022/23 season

Live & Local’s Autumn/Winter 22/23 season will be a special one: they have been bringing exciting and awe-inspiring shows to a village hall or community venue near you for 30 years. To celebrate, the National Portfolio Organisation has launched a brand-new website - The upcoming season begins on 1st October. Expect professional exciting theatre, enthralling, award-winning music and exhilarating shows for all ages in community venues across Derbyshire.

Artist gifts artwork to Derbyshire counselling service

Derbyshire artist Kelly Herrick is hoping her artwork will provide inspiration to those with mental health conditions across the county.

The contemporary landscape artist, based in Ripley, has gifted an original painting Harbour View to Derbyshire counselling provider Derwent Rural Counselling Service (DRCS).

The 1m x 1m painting of Staithes in North Yorkshire will be hung in the charity’s waiting rooms and the artist hopes it will fuel positive and optimistic thoughts for those benefiting from DRCS’ services.

Tree planting company branching out to help Derbyshire children’s charity

A tree growing enterprise dedicated to cutting carbon emissions has branched out into supporting a much-loved children’s holiday charity too.

Co-Treetment, a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2019 to help companies and individuals offset their CO2 by planting trees, has launched a new scheme to benefit the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre.

Global science company with Derbyshire HQ recruiting engineers


A global company with a UK headquarters set in glorious Derbyshire countryside is actively recruiting for more engineers and technicians.


Lubrizol, whose technology is in products used by half the world’s consumers, wants to employ more people to work in its mechanical testing department based in Hazelwood, near Belper.


The company plans to welcome potential employees to a recruitment event where there will be the opportunity to visit its state-of-the-art site.


UNESCO International Literacy Day

UNESCO International Literacy Day Thursday 8 September Since 1967, UNESCO International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.

Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist with at least 771 million young people and adults, around the world, lacking basic literacy skills today.

World Suicide Prevention Day

Saturday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day – an annual event which aims to start open, frank conversations around suicide and what we can all do to help prevent it.

Peak District pottery and food festival honours founder as rare craftsman

POTTERS from Derbyshire and across the country will gather in the Peak District for a two day celebration of pots and food and to honour festival founder and renowned ceramicist Geoff Fuller.

Geoff, who passed away earlier this year, and his wife Pat, started the Wardlow Mires Pottery and Food Festival back in 2012 and from humble beginnings the popular event now attracts more than 70 established and up-coming pottery makers and local food purveyors.

Sinfonia Viva are expanding our much-loved, weekly Sing Viva choir to Chesterfield!


Sinfonia Viva are expanding our much-loved, weekly Sing Viva choir to Chesterfield!

We are welcoming new members from Chesterfield and the surrounding areas to meet us at the All Saints Church Centre in Wingerworth, a private space with beautiful acoustics in a leafy, quiet area, away from the day-to-day.

Our relaxed group singing sessions are led by our charismatic and all-round lovely choir leader, Pete Lack.

Leisure Hub Plans for West Park

Exciting plans for a Leisure Hub at West Park in Long Eaton will benefit residents and provide employment opportunities.

The project forms part of the Long Eaton Town Deal which will see up to £25 million of Government funding invested into the town, with a total of seven projects under consideration.

Memories To Memoir - An Introduction To Life Writing

If you are looking for creative writing courses in Derbyshire, then look no further, Derbyshire Writing School is here to help!

Buxton based Laura Stroud has launched Derbyshire Writing School this autumn to help future authors tell their story. With exciting creative writing courses, writing retreats and even writing coaching, Derbyshire writing school offer lots of opportunities for you to start writing as a new hobby or finally write that book you’ve been dreaming about.

Georgian Derbyshire Festival

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September 2022

Derbyshire in the Georgian Era was a place of wonder, surprises and innovations – a place which attracted the attention of the rich and provided better homes for workers.

To celebrate this fascinating era, the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Partnership are working together to provide three days of public events and activities to raise the profile of Derbyshire’s contribution to world history at that time.

Derby Book Festival Autumn Edition Line-up

We are delighted to share our Autumn Edition programme with you! We will have 12 exciting, inspiring, thought-provoking events from Friday 4 – Sunday 6 November – all to be hosted at QUAD. 

You can’t book yet – you’ll have to wait until 10am on Monday 26 September but hope this whets your appetite.

Autumn Edition 2022

New Mills Festival; Lantern Procession cancelled but the Festival goes on!

We are very sorry to announce that we have had to make the extremely difficult decision to cancel the lantern procession and street party this year. Events outside of our control have meant that we do not have the volunteer capacity to deliver the procession and street party safely and we have a duty of care to everyone attending, as well as our current volunteers, to ensure we can put on a safe event.

Art from Ruth Gray

Hello everyone.
I hope you are all well! I am glad that we may be cooling down a bit as I am a lady of a certain age now, I prefer the cooler weather! That certain age is 50! I have celebrated for the last month by going away to Norfolk and St Ives as well as some festivals to be honest the party keeps on going!

Making New Treasures from the Old

Do you have old jewellery that you no longer wear? Would you like an affordable way to update your jewellery collection?

Why not head over to meet Belper Artist and Jeweller Richard Bett at the Wirksworth Art and Architecture Trail, who is recycling old jewellery into new, unique pieces! This is a cost-effective way to utilise sentimental pieces of jewellery and turn them into items that you and your family can enjoy in the future.

Hubbub Celebrates Ten Years of Kindness

A pioneering integrated theatre company, based in Derby, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a special programme of performances, workshops and an exhibition.

Hubbub Theatre Company brings together learning disabled and non learning disabled actors from across the region to create original indoor and outdoor work which it performs across the UK.

TV’s Dan Walker is lined-up for Derby Book Festival

TELEVISION presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Dan Walker will be waltzing his way to Derby to headline this year’s autumn edition of the city’s popular book festival.

Sheffield-based Dan has been announced as the first of 12 authors who will be visiting the city during Derby Book Festival, which this year runs from November 4-6.

He will be interviewed by BBC TV Midlands Correspondent Navtej Johal and is likely to talk about the current Strictly line-up, his recent move to Channel Five news and his new publication Standing on the Shoulders.

Sinfonia Viva’s 40th Anniversary NYE Gala Concert

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Sinfonia Viva are back to put the glamour, glitz and flare into New Year’s Eve with their sparkling performance at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall which has been popular with local audiences for more than 25 years.

The Gala Concert will be a double cause for celebration for the orchestra – marking the end of its 40th anniversary year.