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Wathalls Collect Lifeline Gifts For Children Worldwide

Derby and Ashbourne family-owned funeral directors G.Wathall & Son Ltd have collected more than 650 shoeboxes of Christmas gifts, hygiene and school supplies which are now being shipped around the world to children in need.

The funeral directors have been involved with Operation Christmas Child run by charity Samaritan’s Purse for the past five years – collecting and storing shoeboxes at its offices in Macklin Street, Derby, and Union Street, Ashbourne, and then delivering to the charity’s local warehouse.

Memorial Service Gives Families Time To Remember Loved Ones

Around 600 people are expected to attend a special memorial service at Derby Cathedral on Thursday December 10 – organised by Derby and Ashbourne family-owned funeral directors, G.Wathall & Son Ltd.

Wathalls hold the memorial service every year – inviting families who have lost loved ones during this and past years as well as representatives from local churches, hospitals and nursing homes.

December Half Price Special Offer !

Introductory Course to Natural Perfume Making with Buxton Spa Aromatics

This special offer is for any Natural Perfume Course in 2016 taking place at No.6 The Square Tearooms and The Old Hall Hotel, reputed to be the oldest hotel in England. The special invitation to the course come in comes in a beautiful black box presentation box.

The offer is on a first come basis and ends at midnight on Sunday 20th December 2015.

Sinfonia Viva Showcases Musicians’ Talents

The East Midlands’ professional orchestra, Sinfonia Viva will start 2016 with a concert at the recently refurbished Derby Cathedral on January 22.

The concert marks the first anniversary of Principal Conductor Duncan Ward’s appointment with the Orchestra.

It will also feature soloists and Viva players Adam Mackenzie (Bassoon) and Emily Pailthorpe (Oboe).

Duncan Ward said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year as Sinfonia Viva’s Principal Conductor. 

New post on Poem a Month

As winter approaches we're sure Derbyshire will provide a few beautiful snow filled days with moments such as these captured by Jenny Fox in her crisp, concise poem The Hungry Fox.  With best wishes  for the Festive season -Ali & Priscilla 

A couple of years ago, the snow stayed for a while. One day I happened to look out of our bedroom window, down the hill, and there was a very thin fox, standing very still.  It struck me as a very beautiful, almost haunting moment that I'd been allowed to experience - so I wrote about it. - Jenny King

Apply to play at Indietracks 2016!

The application window is now open for bands, artists and DJs interested in playing at Indietracks on the weekend of 29-31 July 2016 in Derbyshire, UK.

It will be our 10th festival, and we’ll have up to 50 bands playing across four stages, as well as DJs for our evening discos.

We’d encourage applications from any interested artists and DJs, so if you fancy playing, please get in touch. Also, if you know a band that might like to apply please let them know that we’re inviting applications.

Double Celebration for Mayfield Bowls Club

Mayfield Bowls Club’s successful crown bowls season has results in more silverware for their trophy cabinet and the chance to support a local charity.

The crown bowls club, which is sponsored by family-owned funeral directors G.Wathall and Son Ltd in Derby and Ashbourne, won another batch of trophies in the Uttoxeter League this season.

This included the singles title for Dave Mitchell, best averages for Mark Jennings, mixed doubles title for Doug Jennings and Winnie Fernyhough with runners up going to Mark Jennings and Rita Blood.

Déda Announces Circus Residency

Derby-based Déda has announced its first recipient of a residency grant to create new, innovative dance and circus choreography that will be performed across the UK.

The regional dance house in Chapel Street was chosen by the National Centre for Circus Arts as one of four venues in the UK to support applications for funding under the Lab:time2 programme. 

Lab:time2, also supported by the Esmeé Fairburn Foundation, aims to bring venues and artists together to develop new presenting work.

Merrill Academy Student Raises Awareness of FGM

A sixth form student at

Merrill Academy in Alvaston is sharing her knowledge of Female Genital Mutilation with fellow students at the Derby school as part of her bid to raise awareness of issues that affect women across the world.

Ayaan Yusuf (18) from Alvaston recently completed training in the issue and is now assisting staff in raising awareness of this issue with students at Merrill Academy.