February 2023

Local singer Hannah Brine releases song for World Book Day

Derbyshire musician Hannah Brine has written a song for World Book Day (March 2nd 2023). “Picture Book” is a romantic “Bacharach style” song which likens a person romantically to a book. Hannah, tipped as the next Norah Jones, wrote the song with Michael Garvin (23 Number 1s, including J Lo’s Waiting for Tonight) and pianist Jonathan Wiliams (Royal Opera House, and currently a team captain in the finals of BBC Two’s Only Connect).

Come and see the new-born lambs at Broomfield Hall!

Along with snowdrops, daffodils and lighter evenings, nothing quite announces the arrival of Spring like the sight of new-born lambs in the fields.

And to help celebrate this special time of year, Derby College is holding its popular Lambing Sunday event at its Broomfield Hall campus in Morley on 26th March.

Chesterfield in Lockdown – A community exhibition

Chesterfield Museum has curated an exhibition to commemorate the experiences of the community during the Covid-19 Lockdown ahead of the third UK National Day of Reflection.

The community led exhibition includes a selection of art, textile, poetry, prose, music, film, and photography, as well as the Chesterfield Big Lockdown Textile, which is made up of 100 textile squares created by residents.

Chatsworth opens the door to your creative side

Chatsworth is opening its doors to those looking to explore their creative side, with a season of discovery and exploration

People of all levels of skill and interest are being invited to take part in expert-led courses throughout the house and garden during the habitual ‘closed’ season of conservation and cleaning, from now until late March. 

Buxton International Festival

A Knockout Festival of Opera, Jazz, Music and Books

6-23 July 2023 

Buxton International Festival offers a knockout line-up of opera, jazz, music and books between Thursday 6 July and Sunday 23 July 2023. The programme features more than 120 events over 17 days in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District.

Festival highlights include three new opera productions, Vincenzo Bellini’s La sonnambula,

Local Charity Committed to Transforming Young Lives

Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, is expanding its programme of inclusive youth activities and therapies as part of its commitment to supporting children and young people to move forward positively with their lives.

Last year, Safe and Sound supported a record 343 children and young people aged eight and above who had been victims of or at risk of child exploitation including online grooming sexual exploitation, County Lines, trafficking, modern slavery and radicalisation.

Artcore Residency Opportunity

Artcore Gallery is pleased to announce its latest residency opportunity, Untitled! We are looking for two Derbyshire-based artists who desire to hone their skills in drawing and reflect on the role of the medium, both in their individual practices as well as the larger world today.

As human beings, we have always been involved in mark making; traditionally, ritualistically, as a means of recording, expressing as well as communicating with each other. Drawings, be it on the floor, wall, cave, paper or canvas are everywhere. However, they are rarely thought of as works of art.

FORMAT23 ‘What Photography Can Be’

FORMAT International Photography Festival

27 exhibitions over 15 venues taking place across Derby over 30 days

17 March – 9 April 2023

FORMAT International Photography Festival returns to Derby from 17 March to 9 April 2023 for the very best photography and lens-based media being produced today.

Derbyshire Open Arts 2023 Behind the Scenes

206 Artists & Makers in 72 Venues

We're very excited about this year's event. For 2023 there are more than 200 participants right across the county - from Melbourne in the south to Glossop in the north; Bolsover in the east to New Mills in the west. 
We've spent the last 3 weeks getting the website ready to be seen, sorting out all the artists' pages and making sure it's as informative as possible and looks great!

From Here To Absurdity at Spring Bank Arts

As part of its current “post-pandemic, pre-apocalypse” tour, the quick-fire satirical sketch show, From Here to Absurdity, is heading to New Mills in early spring and will perform at the Spring Bank Arts Centre on Sunday 26 March. 

Necklace of Stars Exhibition

Between 2020-2022 arthur+martha, a Community Interest Company specialising in arts and health, worked with housebound, isolated older people in Derbyshire to make “a necklace of stars” – an embroidered quilt with a poem border and a poetry/song soundtrack inspired by lullabies.

Chesterfield Museum collection to inspire local students

Students in the Art and Design Faculty at Chesterfield College are using Chesterfield Museum’s collections as part of a new project for the spring term.

On Friday 3 February the museum team took a beautiful example of a traditional celebratory ‘Posset Pot’ into the college for students to study and then use as an object of inspiration for their own work during the next term.

Partner Announcement at Timms Solicitors

Leading family lawyer and Resolution-trained family mediator, Adrian Rose, has become a partner with Timms Solicitors which has offices in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, Burton-upon-Trent, Swadlincote and Ashby.

Adrian joins the leadership team of Fiona Moffat, Dee Khunkhuna and Jo Robinson having made such a positive impact on the work of the Family Law team with the development of mediation services for clients.

Managing Partner Fiona Moffat explained: “We are delighted that Adrian has become a partner with the firm and this promotion is well-deserved.

Reserve your tickets for the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival 2023

The popular Chesterfield Area Walking Festival is returning for another year, with residents and visitors being encouraged to get outdoors and enjoy what the area has to offer.

The annual festival takes place from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 May 2023 and it includes gentle strolls, family walks and big days out for seasoned hikers. Tickets for the festival will be available to book from Monday 13 February.

Feb deadline looms for Fringe entrants!

Fringe performers and exhibitors are being urged to enter this summer’s Buxton’s Fringe as soon as possible in order to take advantage of the specially discounted £55 entry fee available until February 28th.

Live & Local – Community Engagement Officer (Warks, Worcs & Leics)

£25,874 pro rata 0.5 - 0.7 FTE (Negotiable) – Annualised Hours (between 810 hrs and 1,274 hrs)

It is an exciting time to work for Live & Local as the company continues to be retained in Arts Council England’s National Portfolio (2023-26), delivering both existing and new and innovative strands of work whilst continuing to serve a range of partners, communities and stakeholders.

The Community Engagement Officer is one of a team of three similar roles and sits within our Engagement Department.

Taking action to support mental health

Students at the Derby College Group have been busy raising awareness of mental health issues - while at the same time raising money to support a number of mental health charities.

Over the past few months students across the College have been involved in a number of social action projects that have raised over £800 for charities such as Mind and Man-Up.

Royal Approval For Innovative Derby Company

A Derby-based social enterprise company, which is run by disabled people for disabled people, has been formally presented with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire Mrs Elizabeth Fothergill CBE and Deputy Lord-Lieutenant Tony Walker CBE.

Nimbus Disability, based in Pride Park, has been recognised in The Queen’s Award Innovation category for the development of its Access Card scheme.

The Access Card is held by more than 100,000 people in the UK and beyond who register their accessibility requirements. 

Chesterfield Borough Council - Half-term activities in Chesterfield

Half-term activities in Chesterfield

With half-term fast approaching there are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy in Chesterfield.

Activities include a Traditional Games Day hosted by Chesterfield Museum, nest box making in local parks, special screenings and performances at the Winding Wheel Theatre and the return of the Holiday Club to Queen’s Park Sports Centre.

Locals enable world-class Hogarth exhibition to come to Derby this March

Thanks to an extraordinary effort by the people of Derby, many famous paintings will come to the city for the first time

A world-class exhibition by 18th Century artist William Hogarth will open at Derby Museum and Art Gallery this March, thanks to the people of Derby who raised an amazing £20,000  last autumn. 

It will be the first time Derby Museums has put together an exhibition of this scale and ambition, which aims to provide a cultural boost to a city already steeped in heritage.

Call for Applications for the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair


Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Victoria Baths Manchester

19-22 October 2023

GNCCFonline Spring: 20-21 May 2023

GNCCFonline Christmas: 2-3 December 2023

Boasting a national reputation, Great Northern Events organises the foremost selling fairs in the UK – including the flagship Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester and GNCCFonline.

We offer makers an unrivalled opportunity to put their work in front of an eager and savvy audience in a way that suits them and their buyers best.

Belper Warm Welcome

Warm Welcome is every Monday at No28, Belper at 10am-4pm until the end of March.
So far people have been dropping in to work, read, knit, play cards or just chat - some for just a short visit, others staying all day. 
There's plenty of reading material, if that's your thing.

Community Event Supporting Ukraine

Friday 24th February 2023 marks one year since the invasion of Ukraine. Since then, millions of Ukrainians have been forced to leave their country, with many coming to the UK and some becoming part of Darley Dale’s community. The Whitworth and Darley Dale Town Council are working with MAKE, a local creative group, made up of local residents and those who are new to the country, to mark the anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine and show support to Ukrainians in the local area and beyond. 

Live & Local launches Spring 2023 Season of Live Shows in Rural Derbyshire

Live & Local announces its new Spring 2023 season of professional performances in community venues across Derbyshire: enchanting theatre, captivating, award-winning music and laugh-out-loud comedy. After thirty years of facilitating surprising shows in surprising places, Live & Local continues to support local volunteers to bring exciting and awe-inspiring shows for all ages to a village hall or community venue near you.

Laura Bagley, Programme Administrator at Live & Local said:

Community Respect Award Recognises Quality Of Charity’s Work

Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, has been presented with a Community Respect Award as part of the city’s celebrations to mark the national Dignity Action Day.

The Community Respect Awards recognise community and voluntary sector organisations across the city for their ongoing commitment to promoting and delivering services in a safe, dignified and respectful way.

Chesterfield Council Welcomes A Packed Events Programme This Summer

Residents and visitors are encouraged to ‘save the date,’ as details of key events happening in Chesterfield this year are announced – including some exciting new additions to the programme.

Designed to provide fun and unique experiences for our communities, this year’s events programme will continue to support the town centre and the wider borough by encouraging people to spend more time in Chesterfield, while enjoying the borough’s award-winning parks.

Disability no barrier for site manager, marathon runner and engineering student Jack

Site manager Jack Foster is not letting disability stand in the way of achieving his personal goals.
Jack, 25, has cerebral palsy with an autism element but is currently training for this third marathon while also studying for his civil engineering HNC with Derby College Group. 

He has already raised £2,000 for the national charity Cerebral Palsy Sport in the five years since he took up running, completing the Rutland and Robin Hood marathons.  

Quality Dog Grooming at a snip!

After being closed for two years, Derby College Group’s Dog Grooming Salon, based at Broomfield Hall, is now fully open for business and is now taking bookings.


Adopting a charity of the year is great for companies too – says inspirational Derby business leader

Businesses in the local area have been urged to consider adopting a charity of the year because it’s as great for their bottom line as for the good cause they support.

Nikki Kinsey, group director at Sellick Partnership recruitment firm on Pride Park, who has many times been named on the Derby Telegraph’s ‘inspirational 250’ list, said businesses should strongly consider adopting a charity of the year to help fulfil their corporate social responsibilities (CSR).


Visit Peak District & Derbyshire promoted the delights of the destination to thousands of consumers and travel trade buyers at three renowned travel events in Dublin and London last week.

As international travel begins to increase, the area’s official destination management organisation has been working hard to keep the Peak District and Derbyshire front and centre in the minds of potential visitors and the world’s leading travel trade operators.

Invictus Communications Launches Apprenticeship Programme

Leading telecommunications, IT and energy provider, Invictus Communications, has appointed three new apprentices to work in key roles across the business.

Evie Culligan is the new marketing assistant; Louis Garner is an IT support technician and Selwyn Christianson is a digital support technician.

All three are completing nationally-recognised qualifications through leading apprenticeship provider EMA Training in Derby.

Flagship office development opens in Chesterfield

A brand new six-storey office development has opened in Chesterfield - a major step forward for the Chesterfield Waterside regeneration scheme.

One Waterside Place was officially opened on Thursday 26 January by Chesterfield Borough Council. The impressive new building, which has become a striking new feature of the local skyline, features six floors of ‘Grade A’ office space with a ground-floor retail unit and has already drawn in new investment to the town.