The Twistin Tots Public classes and Nursery sessions are all currently closed due to Covid-19, but they are currently running FREE sessions every weekday morning, Monday – Friday at 9.30am on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TwistinTots/
This is a live broadcast for Twistin Tots aged 0-5 and is available to anyone who wants to tune in!
Jacqui has also been running the Twistin Tinies baby class online since lockdown. The class is for Babies aged 0-18 months and includes a weekly 40-min music class, access to a Private Facebook group that has tips to help you entertain baby at home, PLUS access to the Private Twistin Tinies Online area where you can access class videos, get tips to help baby develop, view a load of money saving activities to do at home and learn key baby signs relevant to a weekly theme.
Twistin Tots have been offering music parties for a number of years and can still run you a Twistin Tots party during lockdown over Zoom. See the Party information page on their website http://twistintots.co.uk/twistin-tots-parties/party-songs-games-and-activities/.
The Twistin Tots Team will also be available to run regular and ad hoc Nursery and Pre-School sessions on request once we are out of lockdown. If you have enjoyed the online sessions and would like them to visit your child’s Nursery or Pre-School, please call Jacqui on 07977 578 359 to discuss your requirements.
Just as the final plans were being made to announce The Hannells Darley Park Concert, the country went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Owing to the continued need for social distancing and to ensure the safety of the public, no date has yet been given for when large-scale public events can be held again. This means it is not possible for this year’s concert on Sunday 30 August to go ahead as planned.
So instead, Derby LIVE is teaming up with Sinfonia Viva, the orchestra of the East Midlands, and BBC Radio Derby to bring The Hannells Darley Park Concert to audiences at home. On the same date as the original event, viewers and listeners will be able to rediscover highlights from last year’s show on along with new performances, commentary and interviews, on BBC Radio Derby and online.
Derby LIVE are delighted that the sponsors who were originally involved in this year’s outdoor concert are also supporting this innovative celebration of music. They are Hannells Estate Agents, Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, Stratstone BMW and MINI Derby and WDS.
The show will be broadcast on BBC Radio Derby and online on Sunday 30 August. It will be free of charge. The full programme is being finalised and will be announced nearer the date.
New content will include pieces recorded by a cabaret band of seven musicians from Sinfonia Viva under socially-distanced conditions, led by conductor James Holmes, a familiar face from the Darley Park Concerts who was due to lead this year’s live event. Sinfonia Viva’s new recordings are supported by Rolls-Royce.
Celebrated Derbyshire vocalist Andy Quinn, who specialises in Big Band and West End numbers and delighted the crowds at The Hannells Darley Park Concert in 2018, has confirmed that he will also be performing.
As well as celebrating live music, The Hannells Darley Park Concert is renowned for bringing the community together. This year a social media wall will allow audience members to share photos of how they’re recreating the concert in their home or garden, and share messages.
Councillor Robin Wood, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: “Although Covid-19 has affected the way we live our lives in so many ways, we felt that we couldn’t let the summer pass without celebrating the tradition of The Hannells Darley Park Concert in some form. Get a picnic together and enjoy the concert in your own home or back garden, with friends or family. There will be much to enjoy in this year’s broadcast which will keep everyone safe, and show that the will is there to bring events back to Derby, when we are able to hold them again, in a way which feels comfortable for everyone.”
Peter Helps, Chief Executive of Sinfonia Viva, said: “Darley Park is a very special annual event and a firm favourite with all our musicians who thoroughly enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere both on stage and around the park. We had fantastic feedback about last year's concert so I hope that regulars and newcomers alike will take the opportunity to enjoy some great music and artists - albeit it at home this year. Fingers crossed that this will be a one-off and that we will be back together in 2021 - come rain or shine."
Rachael Gilchrist, Assistant Editor at BBC Radio Derby, said: “We are delighted to be involved in broadcasting the virtual Darley Park concert this year. It’s a fantastic event, which is hugely supported by the people of Derby and further afield. It will be great to get thousands of people in their gardens with their glasses charged and radios on to make this year’s concert one to remember.”
Last year’s concert celebrated 1969 and Golden Anniversaries through a programme of music put together by the Grammy-nominated Sinfonia Viva, introduced by Andy Twigge and Steve
Jordan of BBC Radio Derby. After an atmospheric start with Also Sprach, the theme from the classic Sci-Fi film 2001 A Space Odyssey, crowd favourites included the Derby County theme, Steve Bloomer’s Watchin’, performed as never before. Soloist Grant Doyle, who has sang more than a dozen roles for the Royal Opera, was another highlight.
The conductor from last year, Ben Pope, is re-mastering the sound for this year’s broadcast and will also present live introductions to each piece of music.
Once again, the Hannells Darley Park Concert is supported by local businesses which have the city at their heart. These are: Hannells, the family-run, award-winning estate agents; UK top 200 law firm Flint Bishop Solicitors; HUUB, specialists in performance wetsuits and apparel as worn by Olympic medallists; Stratstone BMW and MINI, Derby, part of the UK’s leading luxury automotive retailer; and WDS, suppliers of managed print services and document management solutions to businesses for 16 years.
Michael Brain, joint Founder of Hannells, said: “Having been involved in the concert for some time, and having seen it get better and better, we’re disappointed that we can’t do the proper show this year. But the council have put their heads together and come up with something different for the people of Derby. It will bring back fond memories from last year, and give people something to look forward to, until we can all get together again.”
To find out more about The Hannells Darley Park Concert at Home, go to https://www.derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/the-hannells-darley-park-concert-at-home/
Everyone who has already bought tickets for this year’s concert will be contacted and refunded. There is no need for them to contact Derby LIVE as we will be in touch with them direct, as our Sales and Information Centre at Riverside Chambers currently remains closed.
Breastfeeding Network volunteers in Derbyshire will be completing a (virtual) knitted boob relay across the county taking in the locations of their usual drop in groups to let families in Derbyshire that their breastfeeding peer support is still available to them during the Covid-19 crisis.
Volunteers funded by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, trained and coordinated by the The Breastfeeding Network (UK) run virtual drop in groups Monday to Friday. The groups offer evidence based support, companionship and answer any questions parents may have about feeding their babies during these difficult times. 80% of families tell us they finish breastfeeding before they were ready to, and our peer supporters, who have all breastfed their own babies support all mums and families to make their own informed decisions, providing empathetic, non-judgemental support.
On the 19th March the first virtual drop in group in Derbyshire was hosted by the Ilkeston based Cradles team, Breastmates in High Peak and Dale followed and very quickly virtual drop in groups were available to Derbyshire mums, Monday to Friday including an evening session.
Groups have responded to this challenge with agility, speed and creativity. There have been videos to raise awareness, a series of Facebook lives covering a range of topics including maternal mental health, weaning, breastfeeding in a sling to name but a few.
During National Breastfeeding Week 20th to 26th June volunteers will relay their knitted boobs across the county, cycling, running and walking the equivalent route of 170 miles to raise awareness of the virtual groups. Just as partners have an important role in supporting a breastfeeding parent, the partners of volunteers will be making their contribution and completing legs of the journey with knitted boobs attached! Where geography and social distancing allow actual relays will take place across the week.
Our groups are:
Breastmates - High Peak and Dale (inc Glossop, Buxton, New Mills, Matlock)
B.E.A.R.S Breastfeeding Support across Amber Valley
Feeding Together - Breastfeeding Support • Bolsover
Chesterfield Breastfeeding Support
Long Eaton Breastfeeding Support
Cradles Breastfeeding Group, Ilkeston
Melbourne Breastfeeding Group
South Derbyshire Breastfeeding Brunches
Dronfield M.U.M.S Breastfeeding Support Group
Windmill Playgroup Derby - Boulton Moor
We know that this Father’s Day is going to be a bit different this year compared to previous ones, but In Derby have been thinking up some great ways that you can treat your dad on Sunday 21 June. Whether you’re celebrating on the day itself, or organising something for you all to look forward to, we have just what you need to show your Dad how special he is in your life.
Take some time out with your Dad in our Derby Parks. You can enjoy a walk together, go for a bike ride, or take a picnic and sit in our wonderful green spaces and make the most of the fresh air. Visit the sculpture trail at Markeaton Park, explore the tree trail at Darley Park, or treat your Dad to a round of golf at Allestree Park now that the golf course has reopened for bookings. For lots of great ideas to plan a fun day out in our parks, visit inderby.org.uk/parks. Remember, groups of up to six people can now meet up outside, so why not bring other members of the family along?
If bike riding is your Dad’s thing, our Derby Active Cycling team have created the perfect Facebook group for him to enjoy. For Father’s Day, use the Derby Active Cycling Facebook group and free virtual classes to inspire you to arrange a joyful bike ride outdoors together. If indoor cycling is more your Dad’s speed, buy him a unique gift to ‘Feel the Thrill’ of track cycling at Derby Arena. For just £80 you can purchase a voucher that will give him four consecutive sessions on the indoor velodrome track, allowing him to progress through the accreditation programme, with safe guidance and equipment. Gift cards are available online to buy and will be validated from the date of Derby Arena opening. Find out more at derbyarena.co.uk/cycling.
If your Dad is into fitness but is a bit down that the gyms are not open, why not introduce him to our Derby Active at Home page? We have lots of great ideas for fitness at home, including free classes on our Derby Active Class Facebook page, garden workouts plus stretch and relax sessions. Spend some quality time with your Dad and try out some of the classes together and celebrate Father’s Day by getting active this year.
Why not take this opportunity to cook your Dad a delicious and healthy meal to show him how much you care this Father’s Day. See some of our Eat Well Monday menus and give your Dad a new favourite meal this year. If you don’t live with your Dad, you can still make him one of these fantastic meals and deliver it to him to show that you are thinking about him on Sunday 21 June.
If your Dad is a book lover, introduce him to the Derby Libraries online eBook service and give him the gift of reading to his heart’s content. The Derby Libraries team have put together a great list of reads especially for Father’s Day, so you can even start him off with a topical read to show him what he means to you. Some of our favourites include I Love the Bones of You: My Father and the Making of Me the autobiography of Christopher Eccleston discussing his relationship with his Dad; Three tales of My Father’s Dragon,a children’s book by Ruth Stiles Gannett and loved by families with younger kids; My father is a polar bear by Michael Morpurgo exploring two children discovering their father in the most unusual of places; for new or expecting parents, read Baby change by Anne Calver for this father’s day; or why not introduce your Dad to Rangan Chaterjee’s book Feel Better In 5, where he talks about juggling his roles as doctor and Dad as well as introducing his five-minute daily plan to boost wellbeing.
Book something to look forward to and take your Dad back to the eighties with tickets to see Queen Machine Symphonic on Wednesday 13 October 2021. Joined by West End leading lady Kerry Ellis and the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra, the music of rock legends Queen is to be celebrated like never before. Tickets can be purchased from £47-£27, so why not give your Dad the gift of a foot-stomping night out?
Treat him to a funny night out with Jason Manford’s Like Me at Derby Arena on Thursday 13 October 2021. In these trying times it’s important exercise the old chuckle muscle, and Jason Manford’s newest show won’t disappoint! You can get your tickets for just £37 and give your Dad the gift of looking forward to a great night out with lots of laughs.
We hope you all have a wonderful and safe Father’s Day this June.
Sunday is National Selfie Day!! Why not celebrate by going for a walk wearing your wackiest wig? The wilder you look, the better.
Take a selfie, make a donation to Women’s Work and post your selfie tagging in @movemorederby to enter a prize draw.
Women's Work (Derbyshire) Ltd
The Convent, 11 Bridge Gate, Derby DE1 3AU.
Tel No: 01332 242525
Registered Charity Number 1135740
Derby based Eco Store; Cariad Babi - who retail ethical parent and baby related products are excited to announce that The PoD is officially opening next Saturday!
Based on Castleward Boulevard, right outside the Intu Centre. Just follow the underpass (next to Calm Yoga). Shopping and consults will be by appointment only for now, to ensure The PoD is COVID-19 safe. Visit their website or Facebook for full information this coming week on how things will work.
There are 3 Parts to Cariad Babi:
Eco Store They carefully select ethical brands to bring you beautiful products to feel good about! Furthermore, shopping with them funds support at The PoD for parents and children!
Services They bring a range of support services to you, via their Parent Hub. Included are their libraries where you can hire slings & cloth nappies to trial.
Parent Hub At The PoD, they bring parent services, support, classes, workshops and more to one city centre location, making it easier for you to get to. It is funded by the Eco Store!
Derby Active’s swimming teachers are supporting Drowning Prevention Week from 12 to 19 June, to help ensure families know how to keep themselves and others water-safe during and after lockdown.
Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we now know that the usual level of service provided by rescue and lifeguard services are not going to be possible in 2020. Personal water safety is more important than ever before, to save lives.
And the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), fears that families will flock to beaches and inland water locations this summer, without considering the potential dangers, putting themselves and others at risk.
The charity launched the campaign seven years ago as a way of focusing the UK’s attention on the importance of water safety, during one focal week of activities. A wide range of free, downloadable resources have been produced which will be made available through the Derby Active website, along with information from the Learn to Swim team.
Derby Active believes it’s important that every child and adult knows how to swim, in order to stay safe around water. This is why Derby Active run the Learn to Swim programme, available for people of all ages and abilities. Learn to Swim provides the opportunity for every individual to learn and achieve their own personal goals at their own pace. Learn to Swim follows the Swim England programme for all lessons, designed to ensure swimmers learn all the skills they need to be confident, competent and safe in the water.
The Learn to Swim team are working hard behind the scenes, recruiting new teachers and getting ready for resuming lessons when pools are able to re-open. If you are interested in swimming lessons, the team would love to hear from you and you can register your interest at www.inderby.org.uk/active/swimming/learn-to-swim/
RLSS UK hopes that through the campaign, the UK and Ireland will see a reduction in the statistics that see approximately 700 people losing their lives to drowning every year - that’s one every 12 hours. Many more suffer injury, sometimes life-changing, following a water-related incident.
Derby Active, a member of the Royal Life Saving Society UK, is proud to play its part in trying to reduce this figure, and ensuring there isn’t a rise in fatalities because of the current situation. Derby Active will be releasing material direct from our Learn to Swim Team as well as promoting RLSS resources to support Drowning Prevention Week.
Ben Hannan from Derby Active said: “It is so important to remind people to stay safe and take personal responsibility near water, especially during these unprecedented times. We are only too happy to be involved with Drowning Prevention Week.
“Most people are surprised to learn that you are more likely to die from drowning in the UK, than you are from being hit by a car or in a domestic fire. We urge as many people as possible to take advantage of the resources available and learn what could be potentially lifesaving skills.”
RLSS UK CEO, Robert Gofton said: “This year’s campaigns will focus on encouraging everybody to take personal responsibility near water, especially in light of the current challenges facing our emergency and rescue services. Venues and rescue services are doing everything they can to provide a service this summer, but the harsh reality is that in the current climate, despite a big effort, the usual level of service just isn’t feasible.
“Accidental drowning incidents are largely avoidable if the correct choices are made, coupled with the skills and knowledge for personal survival and bystander rescue. These skills are easy to learn and free to access. We are urging individuals and families to take care, take responsibility and learn what to do in an emergency.
“We thank Derby Active for getting involved with the campaign, and for helping people learn the skills they need to enjoy water safely”.
When the Covid-19 pandemic forced the closure of Derby City Council’s sports facilities, Derby City Council’s Derby Active team quickly adapted, transforming their service into Derby Active at Home.
Now the online fitness programme is going from strength to strength, attracting thousands of views since its launch less than three months ago. Originally set up for Derby Active members at no cost, the service is also welcoming many non-members.
A regular timetable of live classes on Facebook is complemented by articles on the Derby Active at Home web page with weekly recipes, training programmes, running advice, and tips for physical and mental wellbeing. Videos are streamed live, but can be watched again afterwards. Virtual cycling sessions, health and fitness tips, gymnastics coaching videos and Learn to Swim activities have all gone online.
More than 1,100 people have now signed up to the Derby Active Group Exercise Facebook group, which has transformed from a small group of just 100 members before lockdown into Derby Active At Home’s portal for streaming live fitness classes. The class group has created an ‘online community’ where everyone is welcome to join, chat and get active together.
The Derby Active team are now turning their attention to planning for the re-opening of sports and leisure facilities in a safe way, ready for when the Government gives the go-ahead.
Councillor Robin Wood, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “Usually, if you were setting up a new service from scratch it would take months to plan. The Covid-19 pandemic did not allow for that luxury, but the Derby Active team’s response has been amazingly positive. They have had to learn a lot of new skills very quickly to continue doing what they do best – putting the wellbeing of their members at the heart of everything they do. I am sure new members who have joined them online are looking forward to seeing this for themselves when our leisure centres are able to open and we can all enjoy them again.”
For the fitness instructors, learning about live video streaming, and adapting their classes to make them suitable for members to do at home has been challenging but rewarding. Lou Newton, based at Derby Arena, is the Studio Coordinator who has worked with the Health and Wellbeing Advisors to provide the online programme. She said: “One of the big adaptations I’ve made is due to lack of space, but this can be easily overcome by offering options such as jogging on the spot rather than forwards and backwards. I’ve learnt just to give as many options, adaptations and progressions as possible to make sure everyone has a class that is tailored to their level.
“I can’t wait to get back to the Arena and deliver classes to members where I will be able to see their reactions, whether that’s a smile or a grimace. I’ve learnt a lot about teaching classes while streaming; and it has been a very beneficial journey and one I think we will be able to utilise going forwards.”
While the velodrome track has been closed at Derby Arena, the cycling team have been offering online sessions through a variety of platforms. A cycling training programme via TrainingPeaks has been made available to customers free of charge. The arena’s online Zwift workout is attracting more than 40 participants for each session, and hundreds of cyclists are taking part in weekly Zwift race nights and training sessions.
Customers can also access Zoom workouts twice a week, with 10 to 15 cyclists at each session. Three online Question and Answer sessions have attracted 1,642 views, and the Arena is regularly sharing content from British Cycling and associated coaches and clubs.
Head Track Coach Phil Kilpatrick said: “Our next stage will be to look at the possibility of holding some recreational outdoor activities, following British Cycling advice, as the easing of restrictions allows.”
Gymnastics coaches have provided video online sessions suitable for all levels, from Springtots to Advanced. The team are sending out regular newsletters to members, providing gymnastic activity packs and are busy planning guidance for how their gymnasts can prepare for when coaching sessions start again.
Assistant Manager of Sport Development, Lauren Talbot said: “We’ve had to change some of the skills our gymnasts would be practising with us, to make sure they stay safe while they’re at home.
“We’ve tried to provide sessions suitable for all our gymnasts and we’re ready to answer any questions our members have and help them continue their gymnastics. We’ve had some great feedback from customers, including one who said the videos were a great way to keep her daughter active, and her siblings had enjoyed joining in with her.”
Although swimming lessons can’t happen online, the Learn to Swim team have been busy updating their training ready for when they return. Activities for children to do at home, reminding them how to stay safe around open water, have been made available through monthly newsletters and a dedicated web page for Learn to Swim. The team have not stopped planning for the future, recruiting new instructors who have completed the theory part of their training, ready to achieve their practical training when the pools re-open.
Customer reaction to Derby Active At Home has been very positive, with one member commenting: “Nothing beats being in the class for the trainer motivation but impressed with Derby Active for trying to cover things as best as possible. The trainers at Derby Active are all brilliant, I look forward to returning as soon as Government deem it safe. It makes me appreciate what we had even more. You should expect a tidal wave of returners and new members.”
Another member gave feedback that the online classes had really helped her through this time, and that they had been well organised and planned. She was thankful for the detailed explanations provided by the instructors and thought it makes the classes very easy to follow.
To get involved with Derby Active at Home, go to the dedicated webpage at inderby.org.uk/active/news/keeping-you-active-at-home/ and find the Derby Active Exercise Group on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/DerbyActiveClasses/
For this year’s event, instead of us all flocking to our local parks, Derby Parks invite you to join online for a free, fun-filled day and celebrate in true superhero style with Superhero Picnic at Home!
On Tuesday 28 July from 11am to 3pm, they will be sharing lots of activities, crafts and videos online for you to get involved with in your own home, not forgetting everyone’s favourite Superhero Picnic Lunch. So put on your best Superhero outfit, and prepare your tastiest sandwiches ready for a super day!
A full schedule of events will be released closer to the time. From getting active to getting crafty, you can be sure your kids will love some of the events planned. There will also be a range of great activities for you to do ahead of picnic day to help you to prepare. You’ll be able to download and colour in your own superhero mask, perfect for finishing off any super costume, and you can download and create your own bunting to hang up in your garden or living room to truly enjoy the festivities. Special superhero certificates will available for download so that you can print yours out and certify that you are a super superhero.
For this year’s picnic, Derby Parks also want to celebrate all of your heroes and they want to know who your hero is. It could be your mum, dad, aunty or uncle, or maybe it’s your local postal workers, park rangers or refuse collectors – whoever it is, celebrate the impact they have had in your life and say a huge thank you! Take a photo with them and, with their permission, share it on the Derby Parks social media pages, using the hashtag #MySuperhero. Post your photos in advance of the day, and they will be shared on the superhero wall to celebrate all of our Derby heroes.
To keep up to date with the latest information about the event, visit: www.inderby.org.uk/…/derby-parks-superhero-picnic-is-going-… or click attending on the Facebook event:
Looking forward to seeing you all dressing up as your favourite superheroes and celebrating summer with a super picnic at home with us this year!