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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

Belper Community Play - Stories Wanted!

Playwright Kevin Fegan is researching a community play for Belper in 2022, which will take place at sites in and around the town centre.

Kevin is looking for people willing to share their stories, characters and ideas about Belper and the surrounding area. These can be historical or contemporary, factual or fictional.

“A community play should be inspired by interesting stories and characters. I know from experience the material is always out there in a community, if people are willing to share with me.” 

Writers' Newsletter - May 2021

Belper Library to play host to the Poet Laureate's national tour

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage is to visit Derbyshire’s newest library as part of his national A to Z Libraries Tour. Simon will be joined by special guest the award-winning poet Helen Mort, former Derbyshire Poet Laureate.

BB&J Choose Safe and Sound As Charity of the Year

Leading commercial property consultancy BB&J Commercial have adopted child exploitation specialists Safe and Sound as their charity of the year.

BB&J Commercial are based in The Wyvern and operate across the East Midlands – providing expert advice on all types of commercial and land.

The company have supported a number of local charities since they were established in 2010 and are planning a range of fund-raising activities in the coming year for Safe and Sound.

Former Derby College Welding students all offered Doosan Babcock national apprenticeships

Five former Derby College Group (DCG) level 3 Welding students saw off strong competition to secure apprenticeships with leading power systems company Doosan Babcock.

Around 500 students nationally applied to the coveted training scheme but the Derby College students, all from the same course in Ilkeston, are among only 20 to get a place.

They are spending their first year at Doosan’s national welding school in Tipton in the West Midlands where they are honing their welding skills before going off on site.

Get Crafty in Derbyshire this Summer with Workshops and Kits

Crafty You Crafty Me started up during the pandemic designing and making craft kits here in Derbyshire. To date kits have predominantly been retailed online, but with covid restrictions lifting founder Sarah Hodgkinson is excited to grow the company's list of stockists across the region and to restart outdoor workshop.

Only The Lonely? Exhibition of Photography by Tony Fisher

An Arts Council England project, created by photographer Tony Finsher, is hosting an exhibition this year at the Peak District Mining Museum, Matlock Bath.

The exhibition is open everyday from Monday 17th May - Sunday 27th June 2021, 11am - 4pm. Free admission, everyone welcome!

Arts & Health Newsletter - May 2021 - Funding

The Steel Charitable Trust

The Steel Charitable Trust has five current funding priority categories: Arts & Heritage, Education, Environment, Health, and Social or Economic Disadvantage. Applications will be considered from charities, CICs and CIOs.

Applications must be for charitable purposes that fall into one of the five core categories below: