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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 launches Rugby World Cup charity sausages

Derbyshire farm shop Croots has created two special sausages to mark the upcoming Rugby World Cup and to raise cash for the farm shop’s adopted charity.

Croots Scrummy Sausage and Croots Scrumpy Sausage are the latest in a long line of original bangers invented to celebrate sporting occasions and follows its ‘Olympig sausages’ and its football-inspired ‘Bangerooney’ sausage.

Now the farm shop near Duffield has launched two new flavours of sausage in celebration of the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on 18th September.

From haulage to handbags…launch of Nellie-Jane sparks career change for Derbyshire woman

After a career that has taken her from transport and logistics, and via one of the East Midlands’ oldest bakeries, Helen Yates is now on the road with a new enterprise following the launch of handbag retailer Nellie-Jane.

Helen, who was previously MD at Sherwood Truck & Van before becoming a director at Luke Evans Bakery, is fulfilling a dream to own her own business.

And the idea came to her during her summer holiday as she wandered the streets of Venice and chanced upon a shop selling beautifully designed, quality handbags.

New Chamber Choir Sings for Friends

Traditionally, singing groups specialise in one type of music: it might be Renaissance church music, or 19th century part-songs, or arrangements of popular songs. 

The New Chamber Choir was formed deliberately to explore and sing the whole of the choral repertoire. The challenge for the singers is to master a variety of choral styles so they constantly surprise the audience.

Their next concert is in aid of Friends of the Peak District and will be performed at the All Saints Church in Curbar on Saturday 24 October.

Poetry and Song with Sally Goldsmith

Tuesday 20th October 2015

10.30am- 12.00pm

Staveley Library


Join Sally for a feast of words and music in the library. Sit back and relax with tea and cake.


All Welcome. Refreshments will be available.


Free Event but please ring Staveley Library to book your place. Telephone: 01246 472448

Celebrating Bolsover writing workshop

Bolsover Library 

Friday 16th October 2015



Join River Wolton to write in celebration of Bolsover's stories and people - past, present and future. All welcome - no writing experience needed.


Wandering Words (11am-1pm) - look out for River as she visits groups across the town to weave together a patchwork of poetry in praise of Bolsover.


Free Event, but please book places at Bolsover Library on 01246 823179

Poetry Cafe

Monday 5th October 2015

2.00pm - 3.30pm

Wingerworth Library


Join us for an afternoon of poetry exploring this year's national poetry day theme - "Light".

Bring your favourite poems to share or sit back, relax and listen.


Free Event.

All Welcome. Refreshments will be available.


For more information please 

Meet Helen Mort, Derbyshire Poet Laureate

Monday 5th October 2015

4.00pm - 5.00pm 

Clowne Library


Relax and listen to Helen reading her poems, whilst enjoying tea and cake.

Open to all. Families and children welcome.

Refreshments will be available.

Free event. But please ring Clowne Library to book a place on 01246 810675

New 2015/16 Programme Highlights Breadth of Work

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva’s new 2015/16 programme has been confirmed -  demonstrating the breadth and diversity of the regional Orchestra’s work in the city and county.


Viva’s 2015/16 season starts with a concert specially designed for children aged under five and their families on Sunday October 25 at the Rolls-Royce Heritage Centre as part of the national Family Arts Festival.


St Peters Quarter Takes Centre Stage at Derby Festé

St Peters Quarter, which is the core retail area between Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby shopping centre, will welcome thousands of visitors to a host of events as part of this year’s popular Derby Festé programme.

On Friday September 25, the Saurus parade will start from St Peter’s Cross at 9pm with the incredible giant beasts stalking their ‘prey’ with deafening roars along St Peter’s Street and Victoria Street on their way to the Market Place.