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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

Pedal Power Reaps Rewards For Charity

Commercial property specialist Mark Richardson, who is a partner at BB&J Commercial in The Wyvern, Derby, has raised more than £1,000 for local specialist child exploitation charity Safe and Sound.

Mark is the charity’s chair of trustees and pledged to cycle the 150 mile coast to coast route in one day as part of BB&J Commercial’s support for Safe and Sound’s 20th anniversary year.

Bursary Support Paves The Way For DCG Student’s Medical Aspirations

An A Level student at Derby College Group (DCG) has been awarded a coveted bursary to support her ambitions to study Medicine at university.

Rabina Bulakoti (19) from Littleover has studied at DCG since joining her father in the UK from her home in Nepal three years ago.

Having excelled in her studies, she has been nominated by teachers and accepted onto the Medify UCAT practice platform with a full bursary.

Elvaston Castle set to become a Winter Wonderland when it’s lit up for Christmas

ELVASTON castle is going to be sprinkled with fairy dust and transformed into an enchanting Winter Wonderland this Christmas where families will be able to visit Santa and his elves, enjoy an outdoor ice rink and take a magical walk through a state of the art lightshow.


For the first time ever, the popular country park is set to host its own festive family event in the run up to Christmas, which will see the house and its iconic grounds lit up with awe-inspiring illuminations providing a stunning multi-sensory experience.


July Events at Spring Bank Arts: Kell Wind Trio

Sunday 3rd July 2:30pm
Afternoon Tea Concert with 'The Kell Wind Trio'

The Kell Wind Trio : Alastair Roberts (flute) Geoffrey Smith (clarinet) and Alex Kane (bassoon), three highly experienced chamber and orchestral musicians have gained a reputation for giving lively and informative concerts at music societies throughout the North West.

July Events at Spring Bank Arts: Coffee Morning

Saturday 2nd July 10.30am-12.30pm
Coffee Morning
Come and join us this Saturday for our monthly coffee morning. You will find a lovely selection of homemade cakes, fresh tea and coffee and friendly faces. We have a large and welcoming hall for friends and family to enjoy or grab a coffee and cake to go while you head into town or go out for a walk.
You can also just pop in to see what we have coming up in our event programme, purchase tickets, find out more about getting involved and become a member.
Hope to see you there.