January 2023

Applications open for £1.3m Create Growth East Midlands

  • Successful bid by EMC²awarded £1.3m of funding to support creative businesses
  • Project will run across Leicester and Leicestershire, Derby and Derbyshire, Rutland, and Greater Lincolnshire
  • High-potential businesses can go on to apply for finance from £7 million fund

Creative businesses in the East Midlands can now apply for a free programme of support to accelerate business growth, create jobs, and prepare for investment. 

Hardwick Hall To Host Stunning After-Dark Displays For Final Instalment Of Shine A Light

The National Trust’s Hardwick Hall near Chesterfield will host two nights of stunning after-dark displays for the final instalment of Derbyshire’s Shine A Light spectacular on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th February 2023.

Tickets for the magical events are selling fast as visitors prepare to watch Hardwick’s remarkable history unfold in a breath-taking display of light and sound projected against the dramatic backdrop of Bess of Hardwick’s Elizabethan masterpiece.


Tickets are now on sale for the Peak District & Derbyshire Tourism Awards which will take place at Casa Hotel in Chesterfield on the evening of Thursday 2nd March 2023. 

Shining stars of the local tourism industry will be celebrated at the glittering awards ceremony which will include a drinks reception and three-course formal dinner in the stylish surroundings of the premier four-star hotel.

Change your career and join the growing dog grooming profession

The Derby College Group is offering the chance for people to embrace their love of animals and re-train to work in dog grooming.
The 18-week Level 2 Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants will be held one day a week at the Dog Grooming salon at the College’s Broomfield Hall site in Morley starting next month (February).

Discover hidden history at Derbyshire Archaeology Day

People are being invited to learn more about recent historical discoveries from across the county and get hands-on with history at Derbyshire Archaeology Day.

At the event on Saturday 21 January at the Winding Wheel Theatre in Chesterfield, there will be a series of guest talks on topics including Peveril Castle, excavations in Bolsover, and the ‘Anchor Church’ cave.

There will also be some free hands-on activities in the Winding Wheel Ballroom that are suitable for the whole family, as part of the event being organised by the Derbyshire Archaeology Day group.

Book now to appear in The Poetry Review's Spring 2023 issue

The Spring 2023 issue of The Poetry Review launches at the end of March, so book now to appear in the latest issue of the UK's leading poetry journal, published since 1912.

The forthcoming Spring issue is the first issue to be edited by new editor Wayne Holloway-Smith. The issue includes new poetry, essays, visual art and reviews, and will showcase the top three winning poems from the National Poetry Competition 2022.

Yowl and McGiven

Saturday, 18th February 2023 at 19.30

Dubrek Derby- 67, Bridge Street DE13LB

Gill Whiteley - piano, viola, hurdy-gurdy, voice

Geoff Bright – bass, tenor, and soprano saxophones, voice

Walt Shaw – percussion, electronics , voice

Lyn Hodnett – voice, cello, trumpet, objects

Celebrating 10 years of walking at Holmebrook Valley Park

Chesterfield’s Holmebrook Valley Park is celebrating 10 years of hosting a walking group this month.

On 12 January, the volunteer group leaders and other local walkers were joined by Mayor of Chesterfield Councillor Tony Rogers to explore what the park has to offer.

The Holmebrook Valley Park ‘walk with us’ walking group originally launched in 2013, but it was temporarily put on hold in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, then launched again as soon as outdoor meeting restrictions allowed.

Guild of Fine Food launches new Great Taste Bursary for 2023

The bursary will sponsor 50 emerging micro producers to enter a product into the world's most trusted taste accredutation.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Great Taste, the Guild of Fine Food is offering 50 micro producers the chance to put one new product in front of its expert panel of Great Taste judges for free. Applications must be in by 7 February 2023.

Council plants trees in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Almost 50 trees have been planted at a site in Staveley, in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Local school children and tree wardens were joined by representatives from Chesterfield Borough Council to plant 48 oak trees on Darley Close at Staveley, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative.

First Additions to the Timber Festival Line-Up

Plus a huge area dedicated to mindfulness, outdoor yoga and meditation, readings from Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and author Raynor Winn, live music from The Destroyers, Keston Cobblers Club, Elle Chante, N'famady Kouyaté, Lucy Feliz, and more

trentbarton Gears Up For Greater Communications Efficiency With Invictus

Derbyshire-based Invictus Communications have completed an extensive telephony upgrade for innovative bus company trentbarton to support the company’s commitment to improve communications and customer service.

Invictus, which is based in Melbourne and specialises in telecommunications, IT and energy provision, has installed a new internet-based telephony platform across trentbarton and its wider parent Wellglade Group’s twelve sites spanning its network from South Yorkshire to Loughborough as well as at the main customer service call centre in Heanor, Derbyshire.

Warm Welcome For Local Families

Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, has launched a ‘warm welcome’ support programme for the families they support in the city, thanks to Government’s Household Support Fund (HSF) administered through Derby City Council and Derby Communication Action.

The long-established charity will provide hot meals, energy and food vouchers, family activities as well as support and advice sessions every Friday until the end of March between 11am and 5pm.

Special Programme Supports Bereaved On Their Grief Journey

Family-owned funeral directors, Wathall’s, have confirmed dates for this year’s daytime and evening free programmes designed to help people come to terms with bereavement.

The Grief Journey programme is part of Wathall’s Dandelions Bereavement Support service which also includes support groups in Derby and Ashbourne, 1-2-1 counselling and bespoke training programmes for businesses and organisations.

The Old Lock Up Gallery 2023 Show

The Old Lock Up Gallery's first show of 2023 is on Sunday the 15th January. There will be a beautiful array of work in the gallery space.

The galleries website will be updated soon with a full catalogue of work in this all female exhibition 'Selene'. The show continues until the 4th of March and is open Friday - Sunday 10-5pm.

For more information about the 'Selene' exhibition, head here.

Heritage letterpress print studio The Smallprint Company turns 10!

The Smallprint Company, the only heritage letterpress studio of its kind in the midlands, turns 10 in January and to celebrate, an open day will be held on the 28th January.

From humble beginnings at the kitchen table to the city centre studio that the workshop and shop can be found in today, The Smallprint Co has gone from strength to strength.

Junction Arts - Managing Director

Junction Arts are seeking a new Managing Director. The ideal candidate will lead the charity, deliver its vision and be responsible to the Board on all matters of strategy, policy development and management.

Global Brands Limited announces the purchase of the Hooch, Hooper’s and Reef brands from Molson Coors

Global Brands Limited has announced its purchase of the Hooch, Hooper’s, and Reef trademarks from Molson Coors Beverage Company. The brands have been produced and distributed by Global Brands since 2012 and will now form parts of its owned portfolio.

This sale to Global Brands will mean Global Brands own the brands and can now focus on them as part of their own portfolio with all the freedoms that brings.

Can you write about ‘Light’ in a 50-word Festival competition?

Derby Book Festival is challenging children and adults to write a story or poem in up to fifty words on the subject of ‘Light for its 2023 Flash Fiction Writing Competition launched today (4 January). 

The eighth Derby Book Festival will be held from 19 - 27 May 2023. The winning stories will be printed on a set of bookmarks and will be distributed across Derby and Derbyshire to promote Derby Book Festival.

Mickleover Golf Club Tees Off Centenary Year With Charity Pledge

Mickleover Golf Club has pledged to support a local charity which supports hundreds of disabled children, young adults and their families across Derbyshire in this, its centenary year.

A wide range of events have been planned throughout the year by the club in Uttoxeter Road with the proceeds going to Umbrella Derby and Derbyshire towards its extensive play and leisure programme.

The fundraising is being driven by club captains Mitch Handley and Margaret Brooks who met with Umbrella CEO Ann Rowlands to officially launch the fundraising pledge.

Wathall’s Donation Supports Local Families

Family-owned funeral directors, Wathall’s, have donated five computers to Derby’s specialist child exploitation charity Safe and Sound which will be passed onto local families in need.

The computers have been wiped clean of content and will be protected with high privacy settings before being given to young people who at present do not have access to computers to support their education.

Musical Director Wanted (January 2023)

Belper Recorder Players are looking for a new Musical Director. Our group has been in existence for almost nine years now. We play seven sizes of recorder from the garklein to the great bass and cover a wide variety of music.

We are looking for a musician (ideally a recorder player) with both conducting and adult teaching experience to help develop playing skills, to provide us with an interesting and fun repertoire and to conduct us in performances (2-3 per year).

Attend a Cultural Awareness Event

The Chesterfield Equality and Diversity Forum and Chesterfield Borough Council invite you to attend a Cultural Awareness event in January 2023.

Hosted by The Asian Association of Chesterfield and North Derbyshire, the Cultural Awareness Event will take place on 12 January 2023 from 10am to 2pm in the Town Hall in Chesterfield.

Attendees will join The Asian Association to discuss their culture and the contributions they make to the local community, as well as joining a myth busting session.