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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it: editor@madeinderbyshire.org
 

International Player Visits Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy at Derby College

International cricketer Niall O'Brien has visited Derby College’s Broomfield Hall Campus to run a special coaching session for members of the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy at the College

Niall plays for Ireland and Leicestershire and recently returned from playing in cricket’s Inter Continental Cup in Zimbabwe.

He said: “I am very impressed with the set up at Derby College.  I did not have these opportunities as a youngster in Ireland but cricket is now the fastest growing sport there and I thoroughly enjoy coaching to bring out the potential in individual players.

Festive Entertainment in St Peters Quarter

Three local singers will make a welcome return to Derby’s St Peters Quarter on Saturday December 19 as part of a day of festive street entertainment.

The musical entertainment will be staged at St Peter’s Cross, the busy crossroads of St Peter’s Street, East Street and St Peter’s Churchyard.

Kezia will start the programme at 10.30am with a range of Christmas song.  This will be followed by Danieal at 12.15pm and Lily Taylor-Ward at 2pm.

Festive Entertainment in St Peters Quarter

Three local singers will make a welcome return to Derby’s St Peters Quarter on Saturday December 19 as part of a day of festive street entertainment.

The musical entertainment will be staged at St Peter’s Cross, the busy crossroads of St Peter’s Street, East Street and St Peter’s Churchyard.

Kezia will start the programme at 10.30am with a range of Christmas song.  This will be followed by Danieal at 12.15pm and Lily Taylor-Ward at 2pm.

Déda Pledge Supports New Year Resolutions

Dance and fitness enthusiasts are being given an extra incentive to keep their New Year resolutions with the chance to win six months of classes free of charge at Derby-based regional dance house Déda.

Everyone who signs up to the 12-week social dance, styles and techniques or health and well-being class programme and attends ten of the weekly sessions will receive a free Déda branded water bottle and be put into the prize draw.

Déda and Trinity Warriors Launch Dance Partnership

Derby-based regional dance house Déda and award-winning urban dance group Trinity Warriors have joined forces to expand the range of dance opportunities for young people.

Under the 12-month partnership agreement, Trinity Warriors is now based at Déda in Chapel Street for training sessions and performances, with business, marketing and performance technical support from the organisation. 

The group’s directors Paco Box and Leon Heywood will also work with young dancers at Déda including the Fuse performance group and the BA Dance Degree students who are based at the venue.

Motor Finance Company Plans Expansion Through Derby College Partnership

A leading motor finance company has teamed up with Derby College to launch an Employer Academy that will support its expansion plans.

First Response Finance, based in Chilwell, Nottingham, is currently recruiting up to 15 A level and Business Studies students from Derby College onto the programme with a view to recruiting some of them onto Degree Apprenticeships after they have finished their course.

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.

 

The introductory course in perfumery will give you the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the history of perfumery and then work with a variety of materials to design your own fragrances.

 

Croots Farm Shop creates hanging Christmas tree forest in Derbyshire

Derbyshire farm shop Croots has come up with a novel way to display its Christmas trees – a hanging forest in one of the farm’s barns.

The set-up means that customers can walk amongst the firs, as they hang from the ceiling of the barn, and see exactly how the tree will look when it finds its place in the home.

“Everyone has their own idea of what makes the perfect tree for their home,” said Steve Croot, who runs the farm shop off Wirksworth Road, Duffield, with wife Kay.

Village Carols Come to Town

Buxton Festival Fringe sang its heart out at a special party featuring Derbyshire Village Carols at the Green Man Gallery on December 5th. The party was to mark the opening of entries to Fringe 2016 but had a distinctly festive buzz as choir leader Daisy Barker helped by the Green Man’s Caroline Small organised an afternoon rehearsal followed by group singing at the party in the evening. Musicians Helen Cochrane, David Blowers and Dorothy Waite played trombone and concertinas, and Kevin Allsop, Alison Broady and Nadine Weston from the band Simply Layback also performed.

Derby College Awarded Gold Career Mark

Derby College has been awarded the top Career Mark accreditation in recognition of its consistent quality in providing careers education and guidance for learners at its campuses in Derby, Ilkeston and Morley.

Career Mark is awarded by the Quality in Careers Standard Board (QiCS). It measures good practice in a number of areas – management, curriculum, information, guidance and outcomes in helping young people develop life long career management skills.

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