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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:

Join the Summer Reading Challenge

Do you have any primary school children in your family? Tell them about our libraries' Summer Reading Challenge.

The long school summer holidays could mean that your child's reading level 'dips' over the six weeks. The Summer Reading Challenge is designed to stop that.

Can you help trace the relatives of 13 miners who tragically lost their lives in the 1937, 1938 and 1973 accidents at Markham Colliery?

We would like to get in touch with the relatives of the men who are set to be commemorated with a life-size steel figure as part of the ‘Walking Together’ mining memorial.

The memorial, led by both ourselves and the Markham Vale Heritage Group, will eventually feature 106 life-size steel figures stretching between the village of Duckmanton in Chesterfield and the former pithead.

Each figure is part of a walking trail that symbolises a miner’s journey to the pit and back home again and represents the 106 men who lost their lives in the three accidents at the site.

Croots Farm Shop shortlisted in Great Food Club Awards 2022

Derbyshire farm shop Croots has been shortlisted for the third year running in the Great Food Club Awards.

The popular farm shop in Wirksworth Road, Duffield, has been selected as a finalist in the best shop category of the awards.

Food lovers across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire nominated their favourite independent shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs, bakeries, and food and drink producers.

Safe and Sound Wins Funding For Youth Mental Health Support

Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, has been awarded £75K over three years to provide mental health support to children and young people across the city and county.

The funding is being provided by the UK Youth Fund – Thriving Minds, a new programme being delivered by leading national youth work charity UK Youth.

Safe and Sound will use the money to expand and embed youth work and positive activities for young people ranging from cultural and sporting activities to outreach and team building.

Rolls-Royce Further Cements Relationship With Sinfonia Viva

Engineering world leader Rolls-Royce plc has re-confirmed its commitment to East Midlands’ orchestra Sinfonia Viva which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Rolls-Royce, which has been a long-time supporter of the Orchestra’s education and community work, has confirmed funding for the next three years.

The company has worked in partnership with Sinfonia Viva for more than 25 years and its financial support has funded a wide range of projects.

DCG Awarded Fifth Gold Career Mark

Derby College Group (DCG) has been awarded the top accreditation for the fifth time in recognition of its consistent quality in providing careers, employability and enterprise advice and guidance for students at its campuses in Derby, Ilkeston and Morley.

The College was assessed by Career Mark, the licensed awarding body, who considered how students were supported with planning the next stage of their lives – whether that be higher education, apprenticeships, employment or starting their own businesses.

DCG Teams Up With HSG To Save Water, Money And Improve The Washroom Experience

Derby College Group (DCG) has further improved its environmental credentials by teaming up with market-leading washroom water conservations specialists HSG who have installed their award-winning Ureco system at three key sites.

A total of 43 Ureco units and 13 Uretech water managers have been installed at DCG’s flagship technical and vocational skills college, The Roundhouse, in Pride Park as well as at the neighbouring Hudson Building and the Joseph Wright Centre in the city centre.

Three former 'Skeggy home' holiday makers share memories of much-loved Derbyshire children's charity

SUMMER holidays will soon be here. For those lucky enough to get away, there’s the prospect of that carefree joy of leaving behind our day-to-day lives for a while. But for many in Derbyshire, their only break as a child came – and still comes - courtesy of a much-loved charity that has been sending youngsters on holiday to Skegness for 131 years. LUCY STEPHENS speaks to just some of those who have never forgotten the kindness shown to them at the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre.

DCG Celebrates Student Achievements

The achievements and commitment of students and staff across Derby College Group (DCG) have gone under the spotlight with a series of celebration events.

Young people and adults who have been studying a wide range of subjects from Childcare to Professional Construction gathered for presentations to mark the end of the academic year, celebrate success and bid farewell to those moving onto the next stage of their lives.

Broomfield Hall Open Gardens and Rare Plant Fair

Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall will open its historic 25 acres of grounds and gardens to visitors on Sunday July 31 for a rare plant and craft fair between 11am and 3pm. Specialist stalls include cacti, succulents, carnivorous plants and arts and crafts with bonsai demonstrations.  The college's plant centre will be open as normal offering a wide range of seasonal plants and shrubs for sale. Meanwhile the volunteer-run pop-up