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Poet and Broadcasting Bard opens Repton Literary Festival

Popular poet and BBC broadcaster Ian McMillan has chosen Repton Literary Festival as the only venue outside

his beloved Yorkshire to launch his latest literary venture this summer.

Ian has cut back on live performance in recent months to focus on his writing and broadcasting work. 

But the pull of the Repton Literary and Film Festival in July proved just too tempting.  He will open the three day Repton

High Sheriff’s visit invites children to think big

CHILDREN at a city school were given an insight into one of the most ancient jobs in Derbyshire when the High Sheriff paid them a visit.

Youngsters in the primary phase of The Bemrose School, in Uttoxeter Road, enjoyed a talk from former solicitor Mike Copestake, who was appointed High Sheriff of Derbyshire in April.

His visit was part of a tour of 100 primary schools across the county as he hopes to help raise career aspirations among the city’s youngest children.

Cute yellow and blue bakes at Derbyshire company raise money for refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine

Colleagues at a Derbyshire company put their scientific skills to good use by holding a charity bake sale to support refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine.

Employees at Lubrizol, a chemicals company with a UK headquarters in Hazelwood near Belper, held a grand cake sale which raised more than £1,000 for the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine appeal.

Lubrizol staff showed off their lab-honed skills by creating a range of bakes, many of which they made in the now-famous blue and yellow colours of the Ukraine flag.

International Students Gain Writing Inspiration From Chatsworth House

A book of personal stories by Lexis students at Derby College Group (DCG) inspired by Chatsworth House has been published as part of Derby Book Festival’s Shared Writing project.

The students, aged 16 to 18, are recent arrivals to the UK from 16 different countries and are learning English, maths and digital skills at DCG.

They were invited to tour Chatsworth House and then write about memories of their home or heritage that a certain element or artefact in the house and gardens evoked.

DCG Teacher Awarded With Platinum Jubilee Medal

Michael Grange, an Advanced Practitioner in work-based learning and apprenticeships at Derby College Group (DCG) has been awarded a Platinum Jubilee Medal for his services working as a volunteer for the ambulance service.

Michael has volunteered as a community first responder for East Midlands Ambulance Service for many years – attending any life-threatening emergencies in the local area.

The Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir were privileged to sing at the wedding of the choir’s President, Jason Darnell

The Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir were privileged to sing at the wedding of the choir’s President, Jason Darnell, to Rachel Wass at York Minster on Saturday 14 May 2022 as part of a mass choir, consisting of the York based choir the ‘Ebor Singers’, which includes some members of the Minster choir; ‘Cantorum’ and talented choristers and friends drawn from other choirs that Jason has association with.

Scouse comedian offering ‘laughs for life’ at buxton festival fringe

Jewish/Scouse stand-up comedian Henry Churniavsky has two shows on Saturday 23rd July 2022. Both shows are to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health Charities. He came up with the idea after his best friend’s son attempted suicide, and never recovered. He is now an Ambassador for The Mental Health Charity Jami UK and he also supports YoungMinds Mental Health Charity.


Show 1: With All Jew Respect- 2pm-3pm

Show 2: ‘Laugh For Life Comedy’ Charity Compilation Event- 6.30pm-7.30pm