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WINTER FESTIVAL 2019 at Dronfield Hall Barn!

Festive events, activities, exhibitions...
It’s due to be a busy winter here at Dronfield Hall Barn, with plenty of events, activities and workshops taking place over the next couple of months. We’re delighted to be able to confirm the details of our 2019 Winter Festival – see below for further information.


Premium brands Hobbs & Whistles sign up to join us in Derby

Two premium womenswear brands, Hobbs and Whistles have announced that they will be opening new stores at Bondholder intu Derby, following the opening of HUGO BOSS.

Hobbs is expected to open before Christmas and will offer its full collection of British fashion, with Whistles due to open its doors early next year, housing its womenswear collections, including footwear and accessories.

Farewell to the Angel

More than 125,000 people have visited the Knife Angel sculpture in October whilst it has been displayed at Bondholder Derby Cathedral.

Rachel Morris, Diocesan Secretary and Cathedral Chapter Steward says: “We have been delighted with the success of the Knife Angel in achieving our goal to raise public awareness through engagement and education."

Hundreds Attend Ilkeston Jobs Fair

Nearly 700 people attended a jobs fair at Ilkeston Community College organised by Derby College Group (DCG) and Job Centre Plus on Tuesday (October 29).

The event was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Erewash Cllr Donna Briggs (pictured, left, with DCG Chief Executive Mandie Stravino).

Employers in attendance with information about jobs opportunities including East Midlands Airport, Derbyshire Police, Trentbarton and Nottingham Community Housing Association.

FORMAT19 in China

Lishui International Photography Festival
presents FORMAT19 

8th - 12th November 2019

To celebrate a major new partnership between FORMAT and Lishui International Photography Festival in China, Director of FORMAT, Louise Fedotov-Clements, has curated Sleight of Hand, an exhibition presenting work by six artists – Brian Griffin; Regine Petersen; John Angerson; Yvette Monahan and Jan Stradtmann, plus Max Pinckers (curated by Tim Clark), at Lishui Art Museum.

NOVEMBER WRITING EVENTS AT QUAD Unlikeable Heroes & Sensitive Souls: How to Craft a Believable Protagonist

With Fran Dorricott
Thursday November 14th, 7pm-9pm

Creating a convincing main character is one of the most essential parts of writing fiction. They are, after all, the voice that will make or break a reader's connection with your story. Using a mixture of discussion, advice and guided writing exercises, this interactive workshop will help to uncover the ways in which we can build the best characters for our plots.

NOVEMBER WRITING EVENTS AT QUAD Practical Self-Publishing with Alex Davis

Wednesdays 6th November - 27th November 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Self-publishing is a better option now for authors than it has ever been and it’s growing in popularity. If you’re not sure if it’s for you, or where to begin, then this four-week course might just be for you! Looking at key areas such as preparing your work for self-publication, where and how to set your books up, financial and tax implications, marketing and much more, this hands-on course if your step-by-step guide to putting your fiction out there for an audience yourself.

The Derby Conference Centre take on The Three Peaks for charity mee&dee

On 5th October, four hiking enthusiasts from The Derby Conference Centre - Rebecca Prime, Jessica Wood, Eleanor Sainsbury and Richard Hindley - took to the Dales of Yorkshire to raise money for me&dee. Through all the blood, sweat and tears they managed to raise a whopping £1,800.

me&dee is a charity that supports families through difficult times and circumstances. They organise special memory holidays for people whose time is precious - it really is a great cause to fundraise for.