September 2023

Plans for the regeneration of Staveley town centre released

Revised proposals for the multi-million-pound regeneration of Staveley town centre have been released by Chesterfield Borough Council, following Government approval to allocate additional funding to the project.

The six-million-pound Staveley 21 project has been in development over the last year following publication of the Staveley Town Centre Vision Masterplan which received strong public support in November 2021.

The proposals – which are funded through the Staveley Town Deal – were shared at a meeting of Staveley Town Council on Tuesday night.

Council partners with Chesterfield FC to deliver family friendly fireworks event


Chesterfield Borough Council is again working with Chesterfield Football Club to deliver the family friendly fireworks event in Stand Road Park.

1866 Sport, Chesterfield FC’s in-house radio station, will deliver the entertainment at this year’s event with Becky Measures hosting on the night. Confirmed acts include the return of the Disney Princesses performing well known songs. The fireworks theme will be decades, with the display set to popular sing-along songs from the 60s through to present day.

Derbyshire bench makers keep stories alive with innovative new memorial project

An award-winning Derbyshire sustainable business making outdoor furniture from recycled plastic is helping tell the stories of those who have passed on, with a highly innovative new memorial bench digital platform.

Wirksworth-based TDP Ltd, recently crowned with a coveted King’s Award for Sustainable Development, is launching ‘My Place and Story’ this month.

The platform will allow those who buy one of TDP Ltd’s commemorative benches in memory of a loved one to add a QR code so that anyone sitting on it can scan the code and read the life story of the person commemorated.

Join the Magical Duffield Scarecrow Trail: A Mysterious Journey Awaits!

Join the Magical Duffield Scarecrow Trail: A Mysterious Journey Awaits!

Duffield Derbyshire - Get ready for an enchanting adventure as Duffield Arts Festival presents the highly anticipated Enchanted Scarecrow Trail! This unique event promises fun, creativity, and a touch of magic for all ages.

Event Details:

Date: 13th to 17th September

Admission: Free and open to the public. Scarecrow Trail Maps are just £2 and profits will be donated to a local charity.

About the Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales Scarecrow Trail:


The Brewhouse at Melbourne Hall is delighted to team up with Sat Bains, the Derby born, two Michelin starred chef to start serving a selection of his delicious new #MommaBains homestyle Punjabi range within The Courtyard of the South Derbyshire stately home.  

Live & Local launches Autumn/Winter 2023/24 Season of Live Shows in Rural Derbyshire

Live & Local announces its new Autumn/Winter 2023/24 season of professional performances in community venues across Derbyshire: dance & drama, poetry & puppetry, folk & funk – in short, there is something for everybody. Live & Local continues facilitating surprising shows in surprising places by supporting 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:

Denzel is back! The Equalizer 3 from Friday

Denzel is back! at the RItz cinema in Belper!

Friday 15 September
The Equalizer 3 5:45pm
Strays 8:15pm

Saturday 16 September
Haunted Mansion 12:15pm
The Equalizer 3 3:30pm (Captioned), 8:15pm
Dead Man's Shoes 6:00pm

Sunday 17 September
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake 4:00pm

Don Amott urges football fans to support high-flying Mickleover after kitting out players in charity boost

Derby caravan king Don Amott has urged local football fans to support high-flying Mickleover FC play “proper football” - after kitting out players to boost a much-loved charity of which he is patron.

The home kit worn by first team players at the club feature the distinctive logo of the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre (DCHC) – a 132-year-old charity of which Don is patron, along with former Derbyshire Lord Lieutenant Willie Tucker and Sir Henry Every.

Hannah Brine releases single Boxes, recorded at Fiction Studios

Hello, please find below a press release I hope will be of interest - my new single Boxes is out today - Friday, September 15th.

I live in the High Peak and founded High Peak Singers community choir. 

Do not hesitate to contact me for more info and if you’d like to arrange an interview etc?

Thank you so much for your time. 

With best wishes, Hannah 

Press ReleaseSeptember 15th 2023

“I can definitely hear the Joni Mitchell vibes” Summaya Mughal, BBC Radio Leicester

Council launches campaign to cut cost of recycling contamination

Derby City Council has revealed that the cost of processing and disposing of contamination (incorrect or dirty items) in recycling bins is currently costing £450,000 a year. Some of the most common problem items are bagged waste, used nappies, food waste, electricals, hard plastic, and plastic bags and films.

Things like food waste and leftover takeaways are particularly problematic as they spread in the collection vehicles, contaminating large amounts of otherwise clean and dry recycling.

Get help searching for work in Chesterfield

People searching for work in Chesterfield are being invited to a recruitment event, where they can meet employers and find out more about local job vacancies and training schemes that lead to employment.

The recruitment event is on Wednesday 27 September from 11am to 1pm in the Assembly Rooms above Chesterfield Market Hall.

Chief Executive of Healthwatch England, Visits Belper Food and Community Hub to Address Cost of Living Impact and Health Inequalities

Chief Executive of Healthwatch England Louise Ansari, paid a visit to the Hope for Belper Food and Community Hub recently to speak with local people and discuss the growing concerns surrounding the impact of the rising cost of living on their health. The visit highlighted the urgent need to address these issues to prevent further health inequalities in health outcomes.

Derbyshire housing trust bike project helps turn the wheels of fortune for former engineer

The wheels of fortune in the life of a former engineer from Derbyshire have been turned around thanks to a bike repair project run by award-winning Derventio Housing Trust.


Paul Hudson, 39, of Alfreton, is now working as a paid co-ordinator of volunteers for Bike Back Derby, where he uses his engineering skills in helping others refurbish bicycles, and in doing so supporting people to get fitter through cycling.


Derbyshire science company Lubrizol boosts man re-running half marathon in which he sustained concussion

A running trio supporting their friend and sibling on his first race since he suffered a serious head injury while competing in the same event have been boosted in their charity fundraising by Derbyshire science company Lubrizol.


Andy Southey, 31, is taking part in Nottingham’s Robin Hood Half Marathon in September, along with his brother Dave and close friend Matt Thompson.


Derbyshire organisations helping give people a well-deserved sit-down with new eco benches

Members of the public and company employees are having a wellbeing boost with new eco benches and picnic tables made by a pioneering Derbyshire furniture company.

Darley Dale Town Council and Garnalex aluminium company of Heage are two of the latest organisations to invest in public and employee wellbeing by buying outdoor seating from TDP Ltd – a King’s Award winning business making furniture from recycled plastic.

Monarch Security Plans For Future Growth

A Derby security company, whose clients range from national hotel chains and festivals to globally recognised film sets and foreign Royal family members, are planning major growth in the coming year.

Monarch Security was set up during the pandemic by Farhaan Bhatti and Phil Wright who have nearly 30 years’ combined experience in the industry.

The company is based at Oberoi Business Hub in Pride Park and has doubled turnover in the first two years of operation from £½ million in 2021 to over £1 million in 2022.

Derby-based social enterprise shortlisted for national award

Derby-based Nimbus Disability is a finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards, recognising it as one of the country’s most innovative and impactful businesses.​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌

Social enterprises are mission-led businesses that reinvest or donate their profits for social purposes. Nimbus Disability is a social enterprise that is run by disabled people for disabled people. 

Over 15,000 turn out for spectacular Darley Park Weekender

With pop and classical superstars as well as a guest appearance by everyone’s favourite panto Dame, Morgan Brind, Derby LIVE are celebrating another successful Darley Park weekender event. Across the three-day music extravaganza more than 15,000 were wowed by household names such as Peter Andre, Martin Kemp, Sinfonia Viva and others.

Businesses urged to give the gift of Hope to families facing uncertain futures to record last messages

Businesses are being urged to give families the gift of ‘Hope’ in a new charity partnership spearheaded by a leading Derby PR agency.

The me&dee charity has launched a new sponsorship scheme allowing businesses to give families ‘Hope’ – a special keepsake elephant with a voice recorder in the zip-up pouch contained in its ear, which has been used by hundreds of families to record poignant last messages of loved ones, often children.

Star Trust Announces Next Round of Grant Support

Leading East Midlands charity, Star Trust, is now accepting bids from East Midlands charities to support the life-changing work they do in local communities.

Star Trust is run by local business owners and entrepreneurs and supports good causes in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

Since its launch ten years ago, Star Trust has supported 106 charities with a total of £798,763k and directly touched the lives of over 56,000 people in the East Midlands area.

Timms Solicitors Further Invest In Young Talent

Timms Solicitors have promoted Family Law paralegal, Leah Pilling who will take up a contract as a trainee solicitor on 4th September 2023.

Leah is a first-class honours Law graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University and is combining work at Timms with studying for the Legal Practicing Certificate (LPC) and a Masters degree.

Award-winning creative leader shares top tips to families poised to give children their first mobile phone

The head of an award-winning Derbyshire creative agency has shared top tips to families preparing to give children their first mobile phone at the start of the Autumn term.

With 91 per cent of UK 11-year-olds owning their own smart phone, the start of the new academic year is a time when millions of UK families will be giving children their first mobile device.

Young people going up to secondary education will very often be boarding a school bus for the first time, and parents often see this as a time when they should have their own phone.

New volunteering team lead at Safe and Sound


Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, has appointed a new team lead to support and grow the organisation’s growing group of volunteers.

Rach Bricknell joins Safe and Sound from a children’s charity where she both volunteered her time and worked on fundraising and events having previously set up her own candle making business and worked in a variety of accounting, business administration and retail roles.

Derbyshire children’s happy holiday faces inspire legal firm in £2,500 donation to much-loved charity

A LAW firm office manager based in the heart of Derby was so touched by seeing joyful children returning from holiday that she nominated the charity that provides their seaside trips to receive a donation from her firm’s charity fund.

East Midlands law firm Rotheras Solicitors LLP, whose Derby office is based on Amen Alley next to Derby Cathedral, has made a donation of £2,500 to the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre.