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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:

Croots Farm Shop helps Wentwell Brewery to crowd funding success

A Derby brewery has smashed through its £5,000 crowd funding target after receiving a £2,500 pledge from local farm shop Croots.

Pub entrepreneurs George Lambert and Walter Scott, who own a micropub in Derby and a pub in Burton, launched the appeal in the hope of raising £5,000 to grow their original venture, Wentwell Brewery.

The pair ran the crowd funding appeal through Crowdfunder, a website that allows the public to donate money in return for rewards….in this case ale.

Great Taste Awards for Derbyshire’s Croots Farm Shop

Croots Farm Shop has struck gold in this year’s Great Taste Awards, with gold stars for a trio of products.

Croots sloe gin earned two gold stars and the label of ‘outstanding’, with judges saying: “Beautiful looking sloe gin, great colour and lovely ‘on the nose’.”

The drink is made by Croots Farm Shop owner Steve Croot from sloes collected around Farnah House Farm, in Wirksworth Road, Duffield, where the farm shop is based.

Poem a Month for August

We liked the ideas behind this month's poem by Frances Fermer and thought it would be a good choice for the summer holidays.  Frances says of it:

I wrote this poem on holiday in Scotland in February 2015 after watching a beautiful sunset over Loch Ailort.  I stood outside the car in the cold for as long as I could as I did not want to lose any of the beauty of the moment.  It reminded me of other times when I had felt the same sense of wonder. - Frances

Sunset Question

Buxton Festival Fringe becomes 500th member to sign up for Made In Derbyshire

Buxton Festival Fringe has become the 500th member to sign up to the ‘Made in Derbyshire’ campaign celebrating everything that’s great about the county.

Derbyshire County Council is a lead partner in the campaign working with other local councils, cultural groups and tourism organisations to promote and boost the local economy through its products, culture, festivals and sporting events.

Local arts and music groups are being encouraged to sign up alongside businesses, museums and tourist destinations – and Buxton Festival Fringe is the 500th to sign up.

Wirksworth Festival: The Art of Transformation

Wirksworth, once known for its vast stone quarries, is perhaps better known today for its arts festival and, fittingly, the theme of the visual arts programme in its twenty-first year is Transformations. Always a lively small market town with its independent shops and cafés, quirky streets, varied architecture and strong community, Wirksworth transforms itself each year into a venue for the visual arts and performance – a gallery and a stage, with over a hundred artists, live drama and music, and film.

Academy Launched To Train Budding Chefs

Derby College has expanded its innovative Employer Academy programme to address the growing demand for skilled chefs.

The College has teamed up with The Finesse Collection to launch the Professional Cookery Academy this September.

Young people will work towards their level two food preparation course based at the College’s training kitchens and Engine Shed restaurant at the Roundhouse in Pride Park with specialist master classes, projects and workplace visits.

International Arts Project Launched

An international project which will link visual and dance artists in Derby and India’s fastest growing city Vadodara has been launched thanks to Arts Council England (ACE) support.

Normanton-based visual arts charity Artcore and Derby-based regional dance house Déda applied for development funding from ACE to launch the project ‘Derby to Vadodara and Back’.

Having secured £30,000, representatives from Derby will be visiting Vadodara in October where they will meet leaders from arts organisations and the region’s university to finalise the project.

The Buxton Spa Prize 2015– Over 100 artists entered

Over 100 artists and guests attended The Buxton Spa Prize awards event and exhibition launch at The Green Man Gallery on Thursday 16 July. The extensive exhibition featured work by over 100 artists of all ages and abilities who painted the town in the open air (en plein air) during May and June.. The prize which was successfully launched in 2014 aims to raise the profile of artists and their work and further enhance Buxton’s national reputation as a centre for arts and culture.

3aaa Add Pedal Power to Team Raleigh GAC

The leading national Apprenticeship provider 3aaa, whose headquarters are in Derby, has expanded its sports sponsorship programme and put its weight behind Team Raleigh GAC, the Derby-based professional cycling team.

3aaa is the outstanding training provider of Apprenticeships in England, specialising in the delivery of Professional Services Apprenticeships such as Technology, Accountancy, Digital Marketing, Financial Services and Business Administration.