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Community Event Supporting Ukraine

Friday 24th February 2023 marks one year since the invasion of Ukraine. Since then, millions of Ukrainians have been forced to leave their country, with many coming to the UK and some becoming part of Darley Dale’s community. The Whitworth and Darley Dale Town Council are working with MAKE, a local creative group, made up of local residents and those who are new to the country, to mark the anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine and show support to Ukrainians in the local area and beyond. 

Live & Local launches Spring 2023 Season of Live Shows in Rural Derbyshire

Live & Local announces its new Spring 2023 season of professional performances in community venues across Derbyshire: enchanting theatre, captivating, award-winning music and laugh-out-loud comedy. After thirty years of facilitating surprising shows in surprising places, Live & Local continues to support local volunteers to bring exciting and awe-inspiring shows for all ages to a village hall or community venue near you.

Laura Bagley, Programme Administrator at Live & Local said:

Community Respect Award Recognises Quality Of Charity’s Work

Derbyshire’s specialist child exploitation charity, Safe and Sound, has been presented with a Community Respect Award as part of the city’s celebrations to mark the national Dignity Action Day.

The Community Respect Awards recognise community and voluntary sector organisations across the city for their ongoing commitment to promoting and delivering services in a safe, dignified and respectful way.

Chesterfield Council Welcomes A Packed Events Programme This Summer

Residents and visitors are encouraged to ‘save the date,’ as details of key events happening in Chesterfield this year are announced – including some exciting new additions to the programme.

Designed to provide fun and unique experiences for our communities, this year’s events programme will continue to support the town centre and the wider borough by encouraging people to spend more time in Chesterfield, while enjoying the borough’s award-winning parks.

Disability no barrier for site manager, marathon runner and engineering student Jack

Site manager Jack Foster is not letting disability stand in the way of achieving his personal goals.
Jack, 25, has cerebral palsy with an autism element but is currently training for this third marathon while also studying for his civil engineering HNC with Derby College Group. 

He has already raised £2,000 for the national charity Cerebral Palsy Sport in the five years since he took up running, completing the Rutland and Robin Hood marathons.  

Quality Dog Grooming at a snip!

After being closed for two years, Derby College Group’s Dog Grooming Salon, based at Broomfield Hall, is now fully open for business and is now taking bookings.


Adopting a charity of the year is great for companies too – says inspirational Derby business leader

Businesses in the local area have been urged to consider adopting a charity of the year because it’s as great for their bottom line as for the good cause they support.

Nikki Kinsey, group director at Sellick Partnership recruitment firm on Pride Park, who has many times been named on the Derby Telegraph’s ‘inspirational 250’ list, said businesses should strongly consider adopting a charity of the year to help fulfil their corporate social responsibilities (CSR).


Visit Peak District & Derbyshire promoted the delights of the destination to thousands of consumers and travel trade buyers at three renowned travel events in Dublin and London last week.

As international travel begins to increase, the area’s official destination management organisation has been working hard to keep the Peak District and Derbyshire front and centre in the minds of potential visitors and the world’s leading travel trade operators.

Invictus Communications Launches Apprenticeship Programme

Leading telecommunications, IT and energy provider, Invictus Communications, has appointed three new apprentices to work in key roles across the business.

Evie Culligan is the new marketing assistant; Louis Garner is an IT support technician and Selwyn Christianson is a digital support technician.

All three are completing nationally-recognised qualifications through leading apprenticeship provider EMA Training in Derby.