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Local Lady Wins Prize Draw Bonus

A Derby pensioner has won £300 of vouchers to spend in shops in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter after entering a prize draw.

The Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) produced a leaflet showcasing the variety of entertainment and events taking place in the area and invited people to enter a prize draw for vouchers to spend in two shops of their choice.

Joan Clemens from Derby did just that and won vouchers which she has opted to spend at Bennetts and nearby Emily Brigden fashion boutique on Iron Gate.

Joint Initiative Supports Local Cause

A bereavement support group, set up and run by family-owned funeral directors G Wathall & Son, have teamed up with a Derby care home to donate provisions to their local food bank.

Residents at Coxbench Hall Care Home in Alfreton Road were invited to design a Christmas card for Derby Dandelions bereavement support group.

The winning design was created by Mrs Carmela Nadolski who received a £25 garden centre voucher and Derby Dandelions donated a further £150 worth of non-perishable food which have been added to the donations from the care home.

Derbyshire farm shop Croots boosts its parking facilities to cater for demand

Popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots has doubled the size of its car park to cater for increasing numbers of customers.

As it gears up for Christmas and its busiest time of the year, the farm shop near Duffield has opened a second car park to create additional spaces.

The new hardstanding area has effectively doubled the number of car parking spaces at the farm shop in Wirksworth Road to around 56.

Derby College Students Support Local Food Bank

Mature learners at Derby College’s Ilkeston campus in Pimlico have collected and donated food and toiletries to Ilkeston Arena food bank.

The students are on the Access to Health Professions programme at the College with their sights set on progressing onto University and a range of careers in nursing, midwifery and other health care professions..

Hecate Arts want to make a snowstorm, Do you want to make snowflakes?

As part of a brand new and exciting festive community arts project in Matlock called ‘No Two the Same’ we’re going to transform the unloved and underused market hall into a beautiful woodland glade by decorating it with snowflakes made by people from in and around Matlock,
The event will take place over the weekend of the Matlock Christmas Market 16/17th December and will feature storytelling from local favourite Rachel Murray in a specially constructed woodland glade within the Market Hall.

Venice to Dovedale - paintings by Mike Bernard RI

Mike Bernard trained at the Royal Academy Schools and has exhibited frequently in London and the wider UK. He was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1997 and moved to Devon in 2008 where he has been inspired by the amazing light.