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Christmas at the Mill

Celebrate Christmas at the Mill on the 7th & 8th December, with our festive stalls, Snow Zone*, Christmas Tree Festival*, singing and family friendly activities. We also have Medley Christmas Arts & Crafts selling unique gifts, and we still have some places on our Christmas Workshops - see below!
On Friday 20th, why not join us for a winter warmer as we lead the wassail from the Mill to St Mary's Church to join their evening Carol Service.
*The Christmas Tree Festival and Snow Zone will be open till the 5th January.

Four days of events to celebrate as the new Normanton Library opens

The new Normanton Library was officially opened to the public today, marking the start of four days of events to celebrate and showcase the new community facilities.

Derby’s Mayor, Councillor Frank Harwood, cut the ribbon at the new library, which is based at St Augustine’s Community Centre in Almond Street. The building has been refurbished and upgraded to bring local services together and create a multi-use community hub.

Pattonair opens new Japan office

Derby-based aerospace company Bondholder Pattonair has celebrated its expansion into the Asia Pacific region with the official opening of a new office in Nagoya, Japan.

The move strengthens Pattonair's presence in Japan's aerospace industry, supporting the company's growing customer base there and helping to seek out new opportunities.

A neighbourly nudge to lift community spirits

‘Spread more neighbourly cheer’ is the latest message from local friendship group, Derbyshire Peak Oddfellows, as it shares its top five tips to keep community spirits high this festive season.

The advice comes on the back of Campaign to End Loneliness’ Be More Us initiative, which reports that almost half of UK adults say that their busy lives prevent them from connecting with other people.

Bestselling author to visit the city to mark the opening of Normanton Library

Normanton Library which is to be based at St Augustine’s Community Centre opens on 27 November 2019. There will be a series of opening events spread over four days to showcase what the new library can offer.

Authors, storytellers and face painters as well as an exciting ‘CSI Whodunit Event’ where people can join the fun and solve the burglary in the library using forensic science are all on the line-up.

Current exhibition  - Winter Show. Call for Artists submissions.

Hope you are enjoying the recent brighter weather and keeping snug and warm as the Winter months approach. I’m writing to update you with information about our Winter Show and share with you other news, forthcoming events/exhibitions and workshops.

We’ve enjoyed a great start to our Winter Show, which ends on the 22nd December and has another 4 weeks to run.

New paintings of Derbyshire by Mark Preston

We have a new group of paintings in the gallery by Mark Preston. These are all of Derbyshire, painted en plein air throughout 2019, reflecting the seasonal diversity of the Derbyshire Peak District.


Mark usually works in situ, spending very little time painting in his studio. Influenced by the great English painter John Constable, Mark has been known to remain out of doors at his easel from dawn until dusk working directly from nature, whatever the weather.


Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at Dronfield Barn

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
Tuesday 10th December, 1:30pm
£12 per person
Only a few places left - book soon to
avoid missing out!

Back by popular demand, join our garden volunteers in the Peel Centre and learn to make your own Christmas wreath! All materials provided with the price. We only have a few places remaining on our last workshop with availability, so please book soon to avoid missing out if you're interested. 


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