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Arts Derbyshire News - Matinée newsflash

Matinée Outreach

Matinée is a Derbyshire based scheme that initially focused on providing dementia friendly film events in village halls and community venues across the county to provide opportunities to access cultural events for those people living with dementia and their friends, family and carers.  Matinée is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Derbyshire, Derbyshire County Council and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society.

DCG Accredited To matrix Standard

Derby College Group (DCG) has been re-accredited to the matrix Standard - demonstrating the high quality of the information, advice and guidance (IAG) to support students in their career, learning, work or life goals.

Croots Farm Shop strengthens its local produce selection with a range of new Derbyshire foods and introduces packaging environmental improvements

Award-winning Derbyshire farm shop Croots has boosted its range of local products by putting a selection of tasty new items from the county on its shelves after re-opening the store following lockdown.

At the same time, the shop has announced that its award-winning butchery is now almost plastic free. Croots has ditched plastic trays – where it can – and some 95% of everything that is sold pre-packed on the butchery counter is now in recyclable foil trays with the wrapping made from plant-based compostable film.

PIZZA lovers from as far afield as Sheffield flocked to the grand opening of Derby’s newest pizza takeout.

Honest Pizzas, a New York-style pizza outlet which boasts the biggest pizzas – 18-inches of delicious gooeyness – in Derby, served free slices to hundreds of foodies from its Manor Road base today (Saturday, July 11).

Set up by husband-and-wife Easton and Anastasia Andrea – who also run House of Darwin, in Chellaston – Honest Pizzas hired a 2003 New York yellow taxi and welcomed Project Whippy; the exciting ice-cream spin-off from Derby doughnut entrepreneurs, Project D to the launch.

Hubbub Extends Festival Invitation To Local Communities And Appeals For Support

Hubbub, the pioneering Derby-based integrated theatre company, is expanding its  established virtual programme to the wider community with a Summer Festival to ensure more people stay connected and overcome feelings of anxiety and depression in these uncertain times.

Hubbub is an ensemble of learning disabled and non-disabled performers who are recognised as leading the way in the region by creating engaging and accessible physical theatre, using movement and original music to tell human stories.

Restart, revive and renew

Over 200 attendees at yesterday’s online Derby Property Zoommit, heard the Chief Executive of Bondholder Derby City Council, Paul Simpson, outline the ambitions of the city’s Economic Recovery Task Force to restart, revive and renew Derby post-Covid.

Lockdown, Huub and the NHS

Bondholder HUUB has raised £27,500 for NHS Charities Together after customers flocked to buy its special lockdown cycle jersey and technical performance T-shirt.

The company designed and produced the special kit to inspire fitness enthusiasts to continue their regimes - sporting the logo ‘Better In Than Out’ and a cheerful rainbow design - in record turnaround time.

D2N2 wins £44.4m boost

As part of the Government's ’New Deal’ announcement, Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has received a £44.4 million cash boost to fund ‘shovel-ready’ projects to help the local economy and create jobs.

The investment will support economic recovery as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and will be used to improve digital infrastructure, support skills and career opportunities, and help the transition to a low carbon economy.

Enjoy Derby Folk Festival in your own home

Just before lockdown began, Derby LIVE announced that the Derby Folk Festival would be back for October 2020 with many artists playing in multiple venues across the city. However, due to Covid-19 and the continued restrictions on staging events, the festival cannot go ahead as planned in a way which is safe for audiences, musicians and crew.