November 2022

Celebrating National Tree Week in Staveley

Sixteen new trees have been planted to celebrate National Tree Week and create an avenue feature in King George V Playing Field in Staveley.

Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua Worplesden) trees were planted by children from Staveley Junior School and representatives from the community including Councillors, Friends of King George V Playing Fields, Staveley King George Bowlers and Tree Wardens.


The shortlist for the 2023 Peak District & Derbyshire Tourism Awards has been revealed, showcasing excellence and outstanding achievement across the area’s tourism and hospitality sector.

Finalists have been announced in 15 categories celebrating the best of the visitor economy in the Peak District and Derbyshire, from attractions and accommodation providers to unique experiences and great places to eat and drink.

Planning for Change: Markham Vale


Wednesday 25 January

08:00 - 11:00


Discover the support available to help you and your business navigate through an ever-changing business landscape with the opportunity to expand your network and meet like-minded business leaders.  




Inspired Business: Leading Wellbeing at Work

Thursday 19 January

13:00 - 15:00


Smart employers recognise that employees’ priorities have shifted and know that organisations are only as strong as their people – they depend on having a healthy and productive workforce. This two-hour event is aiming to tackle current issues in the workplace, addressing the upcoming changes in the world of work.


Visualising Data


Thursday 15 December

9:30 - 12:30


Participants will be able to learn exploratory data analysis allowing them to evaluate the characteristics of a dataset through statistical and visualisation techniques. Also, the course will explain data pre-processing approaches for improving data quality to enable variables used in feature engineering and prediction models.



Our monthly Innovation and Research Round-Up

We're excited to have released our first Innovation and Research Round-Up. The Round-Up will bring you regular updates from our researchers who are making discoveries that have a real-world impact. From attending international conferences to major research breakthroughs, we will ensure you are up to date with all our activities. 


Training provider for the Construction Skills Hub appointed

Chesterfield College and the University of Derby have been appointed as the training provider for the new Construction Skills Hub in Mastin Moor, which is set to provide specialist training for thousands of learners as part of the Staveley Town Deal.

The innovative Construction Skills Hub will provide a practical platform for construction training, careers activity and work experience on a live construction site in Mastin Moor.

Over ten years, the hub aims to provide training, careers insights, and work experience for over 5,000 learners.

Wathall’s Activity Book Helps People Navigate Their Grief Journey

Derby’s longest established independent funeral directors have published new book to help adults come to terms with losing a loved one.

The activity book entitled ‘Missing You’ was written by Wathall’s bereavement support coordinator and qualified counsellor Fay Bloor, and illustrated by University of Derby graduate and freelance illustrator Michael Ashley.

Fay and Michael first collaborated to create ‘Missing Someone Special – working your way through loss’, which was published last year, aimed at children and young people who have suffered a bereavement.

Derby Dad Launches Derventio’s Charity Appeal After It Helped Him Get Back On His Feet, With £49.98 Boots

A Derby dad who has been helped back on his feet by a charitable fund which bought him a pair of steel-capped boots is urging businesses and individuals to lend their support so others can also benefit.

Gary Turnbull, a 32-year-old dad from Derby, is one of more than 130 people to have been helped this year by Sylvester’s Fund, a charitable pot of money managed by Derventio Housing Trust, based in Boyer Street.

Glossop Creates Presents 'A Local Winter Story Trail'

A Local Winter Story Trail, celebrating the magical art of story telling, and in dedication to the creative legacy of Dame Hilary Mantel,  officially launches Saturday the 26th of November!

The trail launch coincides with Glossop's Christmas Lights Switch On. It will run throughout the festive season until 6th January 2023. 

Christmas Craft Market at Hilton Village Hall

Come and join us for our Christmas Craft Market on the 17th of December at Hilton Village Hall Derby 11am-1pm.

We have lots of wonderful stall holders selling beautiful handmade products.

A handmade raffle, refreshments and Mince pies.

The Mercia Pizza van joining us as well as the Candy Cottage and a Mulled wine vendor. 

We have face paints for the kids and send a letter to Santa post box.

The Sing for Supper choir will be joining us for some Christmas songs.

Timms Celebrates 130 Years Of Serving Local Communities

Timms Solicitors have celebrated their 130 year anniversary with a series of achievements.

Highlights during the milestone year have included regional and national awards for the firm, individuals and teams, the largest-ever care conference organised by the firm and an increased profile for Timms within the local business community.

Enjoy Belper Warm Welcome this December

Belper Warm Welcome open 9am-5pm on December the 23rd for the Christmas special!

Free to drop in or stay all day...sit, chat, read, work, play board games

Free wifi and refreshments

Everyone welcome

Belper Food Festival

Enjoy browsing a range of artisan and local food, drinks and crafts at the Belper Food Festival on Sunday the 4th December at 10-3pm.

The Winter market includes:

Buxton International Festival and Norwich Theatre Launch Ground-breaking New Co-production, 'The Land of Might-Have-Been'

Buxton International Festival and Norwich Theatre launch a ground-breaking new co-production for 2023, ‘The Land Of Might-Have-Been’.  This bold new musical is built around the songs of Ivor Novello and is loosely based on incidents in the early life of Buxton’s pioneering feminist and pacifist Vera Brittain and the intriguing lives, loves and motivations of those closest to her.

Buxton Fringe announces Pump Room Xmas party!

Buxton Fringe has announced that its open-to-all Christmas Party will be held at Buxton’s historic Pump Room opposite the Crescent this year.

The fun event will be held on Friday December 9 from 7 to 9.30pm and will offer a chance to sing along to Derbyshire Village Carols led by Kaleidoscope Choir leader Carol Bowns. There will also be a pay bar, party food and a raffle (please bring cash!).

JINGLE BELL TIME! A Christmassy mix of carols and modern songs

Buxton’s biggest contemporary music choir perform our first Christmas Concert. After two sell-out Fringe Festival concerts our 60 singers are back. We will showcase a mix of songs including musical theatre; pop; feel-good songs and, of course, carols. A great way to feel Christmassy! Come along, enjoy listening and join in some of those carols if you wish. 

Buxton Methodist Church (Market Place)

7 30pm Monday 16th December

Tickets from Scrivener’s Bookshop; Choir Members or on the day at the venue.

Derby Book Festival: We couldn't resist sneaking in one more event before Christmas!

We think that this one will be popular so please don't delay booking your tickets. They go on sale today (Friday 18th November) at 10am.

We are really excited about this one as we know how popular politics is as a genre in Derby. And there has been no bigger political story in 2022.

Sebastian Payne: The Fall of Boris Johnson: The Full Story
Wednesday 21 December, 7.30pm
Tickets: £12

Wathall’s Memorial Service Gives Families Time to Remember Loved Ones

A special early evening Service of Remembrance and Hope will be held at Derby Cathedral on Thursday December 8, organised by family-owned funeral directors, Wathall’s.

Wathall’s, which is Derby’s longest established independent funeral directors, has organised the memorial service since 2008 - inviting families who have lost loved ones during this and past years.

They will be joined by members of Dandelions Bereavement Support groups in Derby and Ashbourne as well as representatives from local churches, charities, hospitals and nursing homes.

Global Brands announce distribution centre expansion, adding 10 million bottles to warehouse capacity in £2 million development

  • Following increased demand for the company’s drinks portfolio, Global Brands are expanding the Global Brands Distribution Centre, due to be completed in January 2023.
  • 28,800 sqft of space will be added, increasing the size of the facilities from 152,000 sqft to 180,800 sqft.
  • Storage capacity will increase from 30 million bottles to 40 million bottles stored, across 17,000 palettes. A further 30 people will be employed with the increase in capacity.

New Residency Artists announced at LEVEL Centre

In 2021 LEVEL Centre launched the Level Residency Lab, a research and development opportunity for professional artists who either identify as disabled or whose work has access at its heart. Since then, and with support from Arts Council England, LEVEL has supported 17 artists who have bold, ambitious ideas that strengthen the charity's mission to ‘Celebrate the Art that Difference Makes’ and bring high quality art to rural Derbyshire. 

Local Community Comes Together To Install Life Saving Equipment

A public-access defibrillator has been installed outside Wathall’s funeral directors in Duffield Road, Allestree, following a community fundraising appeal.

The equipment is registered with East Midlands Ambulance Service and anyone alerting the emergency services to a suspected cardiac arrest is provided with an access code for the defibrillator if appropriate.

The £1,600 fundraising campaign to buy and install the equipment was spearheaded by city councillor for Allestree, Steve Hassall, whose sister tragically died from a heart attack earlier this year.

Students Gain Insight Into Rail Careers

A wide range of rail industry employers showcased the career opportunities available at their companies and highlighted forthcoming job opportunities at a special event held at Derby College.

Thousands turn out for Derby’s Christmas Lights Switch-On

Saturday's Christmas Light Switch-On event in Derby city centre was a huge success, drawing an estimated crowd of 5,000 people. Hosted by Smooth Radio breakfast presenter Gareth Evans, the afternoon saw a multitude of local talent on stage and in a lantern parade led through the city centre.

How you can help tackle climate change in Chesterfield

Residents, businesses and community groups across the borough are being invited to have their say on local plans to reduce the impact of climate change, as part of Chesterfield Borough Council’s ongoing commitment to tackle the climate emergency.

By taking part in the new survey, people can help shape the council’s next climate change strategy which will set out how the authority will continue to reduce its own environmental impact, while working with the community to lower emissions across the borough.

Join us for a great Christmas in Chesterfield

Chesterfield Borough Council is joining forces with Destination Chesterfield again this year to bring you a great selection of events and activities to enjoy in our town.

The Christmas in Chesterfield Campaign, called Everything for the Perfect Christmas, will run from Monday 14 November to 4 January 2023 and has been designed to include something for everyone.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “There is lots to get involved in around Chesterfield throughout the festive season.

Legacy continues at Croots Farm Shop as coppicing gets under way

Coppicing has recently got under way at Farnah House Farm – the home of popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots – as part of future sustainability plans.

Co-owner of Croots Farm Shop, Steve Croot helped to gain grant funding for the work before he sadly passed away last year.

His wife Kay, whose family own Farnah House Farm, on Wirksworth Road, Duffield, and who now runs Croots Farm Shop, said she was proud to be carrying on Steve’s legacy.

Lantern Sculpture Trail Shines A Light on City’s Dazzling Diversity

A trail of giant lantern sculptures has been installed at key cultural landmarks in Derby to shine a light on the city’s cultural diversity.

Local artist Frazer Johnston has been commissioned to create the lantern sculptures by Surtal Arts, the long-established Derby organisation rooted in traditional South Asian arts, as part of the Derby Season of Light festival of activities, events and performances which have been taking place between September and December.

Derby-based Blue Lion Training Academy signs up 60-year-old apprentice

A 60-year-old has said old dogs can be taught new tricks after signing up for an apprenticeship with Derby-based Blue Lion Training Academy.

Pat Mullen, 60, a technical manager at Ineos chemicals company in county Durham, is currently studying for a level five apprenticeship delivered by Blue Lion, based at Pride Park in Derby.

Blue Lion Training Academy gives adult learners the opportunity to gain apprenticeships to allow them to benefit the organisations they work for.

Safe and Sound and Royal School for the Deaf Derby

New BSL Resources Highlight Dangers of Child Exploitation

The Royal School for the Deaf Derby has produced a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted video in partnership with Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound.

The video feature students from the school in Ashbourne Road who sign the question and answer scenarios that raise awareness amongst the deaf community of child exploitation.

ALL WORDS, ALL ACTIONS, ALL WEATHERS - Derbyshire County Council

A Conference And Exhibition On Wellbeing, Mental Health And Suicide Prevention In The VCSE Sector

Opening Night Thursday 24th November 2022 - 6pm to 8pm
Conference Day Friday 25th November 2022 - 9am to 5.30pm

Relate Chesterfield, 3rd Floor, Dents Chambers, 81 New Square, Chesterfield, S40 1AH

Everyone Welcome. Free Event!

Please join us for the first, FREE annual,, Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VSCE) sector conference and exhibition focussing on Wellbeing, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention within the VSCE sector.

Local Businesses Sought For Festive Events That Will Help Make Christmas Less Stressful For Derby families

Independent businesses in Derby are being encouraged to help spread some festive cheer at a series of unique Christmas events being held in the city.

Organised by Sunshine Support, an award-winning not-for-profit organisation that supports parents and professionals of children with special educational needs and disabilities, there will be six events in the run up to the festive season, including wreath making and a ‘Dads-Only’ shopping event.

Project Dastaan comes to Derby Museums to mark the 75th anniversary of Indian Partition

Derby Museums is proud to bring Project Dastaan to Derby as part of its UK tour to mark the 75th anniversary of Indian Partition (1947).

Project Dastaan, which opens at Derby Museum and Art Gallery on Tuesday 8th November, explores the aftermath of the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan, and ideas around postcolonial identity, forced migration and the effects of colonisation as told by those who experienced it.

Fred Thelonious Baker at Spital Arts

On Saturday November 26th. Spital Arts are excited to present the very talented, one and only Fred Thelonius Baker.
We are very fortunate to have been able to book Fred as he is currently touring the world with Soft Machine.
Fred is a local Chesterfield resident  and originally from Tibshelf, he is a virtuoso Jazz  and Bass Guitarist . He is much in demand as a session musician and solo artist, having performed with Courtney PIne, Robert Wyatt, NIgel Kennedy and Phil MIller amongst others.

FORMAT is seeking volunteers to help realise the next festival.

We are looking to create a team of enthusiastic volunteers from all backgrounds to help organise and deliver different aspects of the festival.

FORMAT23 includes an ambitious programme of exhibitions, events, talks and portfolio reviews, working with over 200 international photographers, curators and industry professionals.

UK’s biggest vitamin maker up for award after helping the local community during COVID


Britain’s biggest manufacturer of vitamins has been shortlisted for an award for its management through the difficult times of the COVID pandemic, and its support of the local community.

IVC Brunel Healthcare, which employs 550 staff and produces vitamins and supplements at its 30,000 square metre state-of-the-art base in Swadlincote, has been named a finalist for Manufacturer of the Year at the East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire Business Awards.


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Programme Development Worker


Cotmanhay and Ilkeston Adult Community Education Centre, Bennerley Avenue, Ilkeston



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Anti-Bullying Week 2022 - #Reachout

Bullying affects millions of lives and can leave us feeling hopeless. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If we challenge it, we can change it. And it starts by reaching out.

Anti-Bullying Week 2022 is happening this Monday 14 to Friday 18 November with the theme #ReachOut.

Let's Get Connected

Everyone feels lonely from time to time - loneliness can affect anyone and the recent pandemic has increased a lot of people's feelings of being alone.

But there's plenty of things we can all do to help ourselves, and others, to feel more connected and less along.

Hedging your bets!

Britain lost half its hedgerows in the decades after the second world war as farmers were encouraged to create large arable fields to increase production. Since then, legal protections have been introduced and hedges are no longer being ripped out, but the decline has continued due to poor management of our remaining hedges. But help is at hand through a growing demand for traditional hedgelaying.

Achieve your potential in English and maths

We have many English and maths classes that you can join at any time of year, where you can work at your own pace towards your qualification.

We offer:

■ Nationally recognised Functional Skills qualifications from Entry to Level 2, including GCSE
■ All classes are FREE for most people
■ Small, friendly groups
■ The option to study online, face-to-face or through a mixture of both.

Counselling Skills Level 2 course

The Level 2 Counselling Skills course is for those who want to learn counselling skills to help and support others in a voluntary or employed capacity, providing skills for various public-facing roles. 

Help us to improve ....and be in with a chance to win an iPad!

Feedback helps us to know what we're doing well and, most importantly, what we need do better.

It's great to get your suggestions, to hear how learning is helping you but also to hear how we can improve.

Every time you complete an End of Course Feedback form, you have the opportunity to choose to be entered into a draw to win an iPad at the end of the year. Winners are selected completely at random.