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The Ram Trail lives on!

                              Mondriram outside Vaillant’s Customer Experience Centre, Belper © Vaillant

Following the huge success of the Derby Ram Trail this summer, Derby Museums - the trail’s principal organiser - is pleased to share news about 15 of the rams, which have remained in the public realm for people to enjoy. 

Get ready for the big Christmas lights switch on

Festive Derby comes back to light next month with the return of a live stage show at a new city centre location to mark the official Christmas lights switch on.

This year, all the action will happen on a bespoke stage outside the Council House in Corporation Street on Saturday 13th November, due to the ongoing programme at the Derby Loves You venue at Derby Market Place.

Derby’s Parks have been awarded Green Flag status

                                                   Pictured above: Darley Park Welcome Boards

Six of Derby’s city parks have been recognised as being among the best in the world by the Green Flag Award Scheme. The parks achieving this international quality mark status are, Derby Arboretum, Alvaston, Chaddesden, Darley, Sunnydale and Markeaton Park. As the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee, Derby’s Parks are part of the 2,127 celebrating success today.

OMEETO Secures New Ilkeston Base For National Charity

From left to right: Chris Wright and Eric Thwaites

Commercial property consultants OMEETO have secured the lease on an Ilkeston town centre property to enable a national charity to forge ahead with its expansion plans and support more people impacted by suicide.

OMEETO acted on behalf of property landlords Ilkeston Joinery to finalise the lease on the single storey offices on the corner of New Lawn Road and Wharncliffe Road which will be the new national office for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide.

Secret Santa Call Out Brings Christmas Cheer To Local Families

Revive Healthy Living Centre in Chaddesden has launched its ninth annual Secret Santa campaign to match generous benefactors with some of the most under-privileged and vulnerable children in the city.

Last year more than 247 Secret Santa parcels were delivered to local children living in poverty, facing a terminal or life limiting illness, who have lost a parent or sibling who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse or are residing in care.

DCG Hailed As UK’s First College of Character

Derby College Group (DCG) has become the first in the UK to achieve the College of Character kitemark – recognising the organisation’s commitment to developing well-rounded and work ready citizens.

The internationally-recognised quality mark was awarded following a visit to the College by by assessors from the Association for Character Education, chair Gary Lewis and Rachael Fraser, headteacher of Woodbrook Vale School in Loughborough.

UK City of Culture 2025 longlist revealed

Eight places have been longlisted for the prestigious UK City of Culture 2025 title. The winner will be announced next year and will be at the centre of the UK’s cultural spotlight in 2025.

Eight areas longlisted for UK City of Culture 2025 were today unveiled by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries.

For the first time, each longlisted bidder will receive £40,000 to develop a full application and the winner will be announced next year and will be at the centre of the UK’s cultural spotlight in 2025.