December 2022

Council takes next step to safeguard the future of Chesterfield’s historic Tapton House

Proposals to safeguard the future of Chesterfield’s historic Tapton House – ensuring the Grade-II* listed building can be restored and brought back into beneficial use – have been considered by Chesterfield Borough Council.

A sympathetic scheme which would see the building restored and converted for residential accommodation, together with a commitment to retain the parkland for public use and create visitor access to part of the Georgian mansion, was chosen as the preferred option by the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday (13 December).

South Derbyshire vitamins company helps workforce through cost-of-living crisis with free daily hot meals and an extra £400 winter payment

Amid plummeting UK temperatures, a Derbyshire company helping ward off coughs and sniffles by making vitamins is caring for its own employees with free hot meals and two extra winter payments during the coldest months of the year.

Employees at IVC Brunel Healthcare in Swadlincote are currently busy helping boost the nation’s immune systems by making millions of vitamin D tablets as well as hundreds of other formulations including echinacea to help stave off colds, as part of its overall production of four and a half billion tablets a year.

‘Super team’ at Derby College Nursery Receive “Outstanding’ Ofsted Praise

Derby College’s nursery Little Explorers, based at the Broomfield Hall campus in Morley, has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors in all areas of its work.


The inspection, which took place in November, looked at four key areas – effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of education; personal development and behaviour and attitudes – all of which were judged as ‘Outstanding’.

Pump Room hosts Fringe Christmas party!

Buxton Festival Fringe (July 5-23 2023) celebrated being open for entries at a lively Christmas party on December 9th. The event was held at the prestigious Buxton Pump Room, a Fringe venue, and featured a Derbyshire Village Carols singalong led by Kaleidoscope Choir’s Carol and Ian Bowns. Party food and drinks plus a bumper raffle generously supported by Buxton shops and businesses added to the festive fun.

Local Rotary Club Support Hope Box Appeal

Members of Rotary Club of Derby Mercia have donated £1,000 so that more young people and families supported by local charity Safe and Sound can receive special recognition and validation of their recovery journey.

Safe and Sound have worked with Derby-based personalised gift company Colleague Box to create a bespoke ‘Hope Box’ for local young people and families who they work with. Each Hope Box, which cost £20, is filled with calming activities, treats and positivity messages.

Made In Derbyshire

Dear Made in Derbyshire members,

Just to let you know that the Federation of Small Business Celebrating Small Business Awards are now open for entries.  They're open to both members and non-members of FSB.

Young Solicitor Progresses Her Career with Timms Solicitors

A newly-qualified solicitor, who has trained with Timms Solicitors, has been rewarded with a permanent position in the firm’s Family Law team.

University of Derby graduate Leonnie Watson joined Timms in an administrative role to support the Family Law team in 2018 and went onto complete the Legal Practice course at Nottingham Trent University whilst working at Timms.

Littleover Community School gets a ‘good’ report from inspectors

A DERBY school has been described as having an ‘inclusive and academic culture’ after its first Government inspection in 16 years rated it as ‘good’ with an ‘outstanding’ Sixth Form.

Littleover Community School is among several Derby schools to be inspected by Ofsted under its new framework and its report highlighted the 'high expectations and ambitions' of school leaders.

The school, in Pastures Hill, was visited by a team of five inspectors last month who found that all students, including those with special educational needs, achieve well.

Buxton photographer creates new-look Fringe programme cover!

A Buxton photographer has helped the Fringe create a very different programme cover for 2023.

Caroline Claye, a retired customer care officer who is a member of High Peak Photography Club (formerly Chapel Camera Club), came up with the distinctive image following a collaboration between Buxton Fringe and the club in July.