The virtual event, Superhero Picnic At Home, is now less than a week away! The annual Superhero Picnic in the Park had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, but to take its place, Derby Parks and InDerby launched this brand new online event, and it promises to be a super day! Join them on Tuesday 28 July from 11am to 3pm for a day filled with FREE superhero fun as they release lots of videos and other activities throughout the day. Don’t forget to put on your best Superhero outfit and prepare your tastiest sandwiches to celebrate in true superhero style!
Partners for the event have been busy preparing lots of great things for you to get stuck into on the day. Whether you want to get active or crafty, or just have a little bit of fun, they have something for everyone! Join in with Derby Active or Sporting Body Ltd for a variety of different workout videos from Gymnastics, to PE classes, to Learn to Swim activities; grab some pots and pans, or get your hands ready to make lots of noise with Rockin’ Robins’ superhero drumming workshop; or tune into Jumping Clay Derby - for Derbyshire and Burton’s storytelling workshop for a super story and some model making. Mr Parkie will also be hosting a game of Superhero bingo during the day, so make sure you download and create your bingo cards before Tuesday! The bingo cards, as well as a range of other activity sheets are already available for you on at https://www.inderby.org.uk/…/derby-parks-superhero-picnic-…/
There is also a range of activity sheets from Derby Parks partners available for you to download. Rockin' Robins have a print-out drumming workshop based on some well-known Superheroes for you to try, and Move More Derby are encouraging you to strike your best Superhero pose with some super workouts. Write Print Create have some great tips on how to draw your own Superhero and Supervillain, which you can then use to create your own Superhero stories! And if you want to accessorize your Superhero costume even more, Derby Recycles will tell you how to make a Superhero rocket-pack, and Derby Homes will show you how to make your own Superhero cuff.
Councillor Robin Wood, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “It is great that we have been able to go ahead with this much loved annual event, albeit in a different way from usual. The Superhero Picnic is always a highlight in the year, and I’m delighted that, as the time isn’t right to encourage a big event in our parks just yet, Derby LIVE and Derby Parks have worked hard, along with event partners, to create lots of activities for children to engage with at home.”
It’s not too late to print out and colour in your own superhero mask or some of our Superhero bunting to decorate your garden or living room, ready to enjoy the picnic lunch at 12 noon. And to finish the day, we are making our special Superhero certificates available to download so you can print yours out and have your own little awards ceremony to finish a superhero filled day.
All of the day’s activities will be posted on the Facebook event as well as being available on https://www.inderby.org.uk/…/derby-parks-superhero-picnic-…/ throughout the day and in the weeks afterwards, just in case you missed the event, or would like to revisit any of the activities.
As schools officially break up for the summer, this year’s virtual Summer Reading Challenge is moving up a gear. This year’s theme to keep children reading is the Silly Squad, and Derby Libraries are launching six weeks of fun online events, ideal for families while we get our libraries ready for re-opening.
Every weekday from Monday 20 July to Friday 28 August, Derby Libraries will be showing engaging online videos that are all free to watch at home. With humorous readings from John Kirk, exciting performances and crafts from AVP theatre, and storytelling from Alison Solomon, there is a host of events to inspire your children to get reading this summer. The Summer Reading Challenge brings families together through reading, and these events promise to enthuse and widen children’s reading choices throughout these holidays.
John Kirk has become a firm favourite with family audiences in Derby Libraries over the past few years. He is a performance storyteller who brings stories to life in fresh and imaginative ways, engaging children with his voice and facial expressions. Well-known for his humorous retellings of stories, he will be performing traditional fairy tales including Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and The Gingerbread Man.
Join AVP Theatre for a mixture of folk and original tales from storyteller, Amy, and her wonderful cast of puppets. AVP Theatre create their own puppets and specialise in family-friendly theatre performances. Each show will be accompanied by a mini ‘making video’ showing you how to make one of the puppets from the performance, and a second video with instructions on making a puppet theatre. You can also download and colour in outlines for making the puppets as well.
Another favourite, local storyteller Alison Solomon, will be retelling one of Aesop's most loved fables, The Ant and the Grasshopper. She first worked with Derby Libraries when she devised and presented a Jamaican poetic storytelling performance as part of Pear Tree Library Centenary in 2016. Since then she has performed as part of Derby Poetry Festival and entertained school groups visiting Normanton Library as part of its launch celebrations last year.
You can find a full schedule of videos, and details of how to watch online at inderby.org.uk/sillysquad or the Derby Libraries Facebook page.
The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries across the country. Derby Libraries are supporting the scheme by making a wide range of children’s books available digitally through the BorrowBox app, as audiobooks and eBooks for young library members. Well-known authors include Konnie Huq, Cressida Cowell, Eoin Colfer and Jacqueline Wilson.
In partnership with Harper Collins UK, Derby Libraries now have a further 28 children’s eBook titles available FREE for simultaneous and unlimited access, from now until the end of August. This means that your child will have an even wider selection to choose from. These books can be found on the BorrowBox homepage under Top Summer Reading Challenge Reads, and are suitable for all ages, from picture books for the very young to more confident readers. Authors include Michael Morpugo, Shane Hegarty, Holly Smale and David Walliams.
Councillor Robin Wood, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: “I am delighted that Derby Libraries have worked hard to continue the Summer Reading Challenge as an online event this year. It gives an excellent boost to children’s reading over the summer months, and the content provided by local storytellers engages and inspires children and families across Derby to keep on reading.”
Joining in with the Summer Reading Challenge is easy:
1. If your child is not a member of Derby Libraries, sign them up for temporary membership at inderby.org.uk/libraries/how-to-join/join-the-library/. This will give them access to the eLibrary and the Borrowbox app and you can convert their membership to full when the libraries reopen.
2. Sign them up for the challenge at www.sillysquad.org.uk. It’s free, safe, and has a personal profile area to set reading goals, review books, view book recommendations and get rewards. There will also be themed activities, games and quizzes, as well as rewards and unlockable content with new things to enjoy each week. Everyone who completes their challenge receives a free downloadable certificate.
3. Look out for Derby Libraries’ special free digital events at inderby.org.uk/sillysquad
Currently staff are working hard behind the scenes to get everything in place ready to reopen the libraries in a way which is safe and practical. Dates for reopening are yet to be confirmed, but we are looking forward to welcoming members back, and the libraries’ website at inderby.org.uk/libraries will be updated as soon as details are available.
The team at Derby Active are putting the finishing touches in place ready to re-open leisure centres to the public from Saturday 25 July.
It will be a phased re-opening, with dates yet to be confirmed for sports like gymnastics coaching, and indoor track cycling at Derby Arena. Moorways Stadium has already opened for outdoor track and field activities.
New safety measures like screens, dispensers for hand sanitiser, and increased cleaning have been put in place to reduce the risk of infection. The safety of staff and customers is the priority. But while centres may look a little different for now, what hasn’t changed is the warm welcome from Derby Active.
They’ve taken a ‘belt and braces’ approach to making our leisure premises as safe as possible as the lockdown eases. Not only do they meet the standards set by the Government and the individual sporting bodies, they also have to be approved by the Council’s own internal group before they can reopen.
Councillor Robin Wood, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: “The team at Derby Active have pulled out all the stops and shown the same enthusiasm for reopening as they did for developing an online programme of activities while the centres had to stay closed. They have the knowledge and dedication to support anyone who wants to improve their fitness and overall health after lockdown.”
We are contacting Derby Active members by email and text to update them about our plans for re-opening, and to discuss any concerns they may have. We understand that some customers may not feel ready to return and we are ready to listen. Our online programme, Derby Active at Home, will continue to run, but will be reduced to five or six workouts a week now our staff are back teaching in the facilities.
All staff at Derby Arena, Springwood Leisure Centre, and Queen’s Leisure Centre have been trained to reduce the risk of the spread of Covid-19, and customers can expect to follow one way in and out of the building. Public seating has been removed to discourage people from spending time in the building unnecessarily.
More details about arrangements for each centre can be found at inderby.org.uk/welcomeback, but here’s what to expect:
• All sessions will be limited and can only be booked in advance. Your Derby Active membership means you can book classes at all centres.
• Changing rooms will be out of use, so please arrive in fitness clothes and bring your own water bottle, ready filled.
• You will need to provide your own exercise mat. These can also be purchased at the leisure centre.
• You will be asked to wait outside until just before your class, and then led into the room by your instructor. Your instructor will allocate you a designated workout space, and the content of the class will be adapted for this.
• In some centres you will find that they are using a bigger room for classes. For example, at Springwood classes will be held in the Sports Hall. Some classes will be held outside.
• There will be a 15 minute gap between classes to allow for all equipment to be wiped down.
• Rooms will be closed and deep-cleaned in line with COVID guidelines.
• For indoor cycling, the bikes will be positioned with sufficient distance between them for safe social distancing, and will be wiped down between classes.
• Customers are asked to follow safe social distancing and to use hand sanitiser regularly, and to limit the amount of personal belongings they bring with them.
• You will have to book a gym session online or by phone, which will be for a period of 75 minutes. Derby Active members can book a session at any of the gyms.
• Some machines will be closed or unavailable during your session. This means they can swap them over for cleaning.
• We ask you to help keep the facility safe by following the signs, wiping down equipment before and after use, and using hand sanitiser regularly. Please leave your gym towel at home.
• Changing rooms and lockers will not be available, so please come dressed for the gym and limit your personal belongings. Bring your own water bottle, already filled.
• Free weights can be used with sufficient social distancing between people.
• Gym instructors will be on hand for advice at all times, so ask if there’s anything you’re unsure of.
Lane swimming and Learn to Swim classes at Queen’s Leisure Centre
Lockdown feels a very long time, but especially for children, so they will receive safety information before their lesson to help them feel confident in the water again.
During lockdown they have been busy recruiting and we now have twice as many instructors as they had in March. They are looking forward to meeting all our swimmers, and we are contacting all our families to let them know when their lessons can restart.
How they will work:
• Swimming lessons will be held in all three pools at Queen’s, with no public swimming at the same time. There will be an hour’s cleaning time for spectator seating and any equipment used during lessons.
• Learn to Swim classes will be advance booking only.
• Use of changing rooms will be strictly controlled. Learn to Swim pupils are asked to arrive with their costume on under their clothes at a designated entry point.
• One parent is allowed to accompany each child, but we can be flexible if they have to bring a sibling.
• Please use the hand sanitiser provided on arrival, and observe social distancing when using spectator seating.
• Children will be able to change in the changing rooms after their class, and parents will have access to assist them, but no showers will be available.
Lane swimming at Queen’s Leisure Centre will be available for customers to book a session online, or by telephone. Other swimming options will be introduced in the future, as we continue to follow government guidance.
Customers can book all activities at all centres online at inderby.org.uk/activebookings from Friday 17 July. From Monday 20 July you can book your session by phone with the Derby LIVE Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800, and from Friday 24 July you can call the leisure centres direct.
Videos of what to expect can be viewed on the InDerby channel on YouTube:
1. Welcome back to Derby Arena – https://youtu.be/rP9jU9b2jjM
2. Learn to Swim welcomes you back – https://youtu.be/gfATQ-WnS54
Three Bears Cookery Club are excited to announce the Summer Holiday Bake Off Clubs
Tues 28th July, 4pm; Mini Victoria Sponges
Tues 4th Aug, 4pm; Pizza’s
Tues 11th Aug, Chocolate Butterfly Cakes
Tues 18th Aug, Cheese & Pumpkin Soda Bread
Tues 25th Aug, Showstopper Cake
These Bake Off Clubs will be with Debbie. During an hour club she will talk you through the recipe step by step and at the end of the session if you want to enter the bake off with your finished bake you just need to post a pic on Facebook or Instagram of your bake by 8pm on the Tuesday. The Star Baker will be announced Wednesday morning and they will be sent a Star Baker Certificate & some sweeties 🎉🎉
*please note that you don’t have to enter the competition if you don’t want too, you can just do the club 😊
**in order to enter the bake off you need to have paid and attended the bake off club.
The club is suitable for all ages and if a wide variety of ages attend there will be a prize for certain age groups 😊
It’s £25 for the 5 week term, if you would like to book on single sessions please let them know at the time of booking.
Send Three Bears Cookery Club a message to book!
P.s. the Junior Chefs Club will be announced tomorrow for kids ages 9-14 years it is for those children who are ready for that next level and are starting to cook or bake independently.
Since the Government said play areas and outdoor gyms could reopen from 4 July, the team at Derby Parks have been pulling out all the stops to make it happen.
The good news is that they aim to have all these facilities up and running by the end of this weekend (4-5 July) It will take a while to reopen all 82 play areas and 11 outdoor gyms across the city’s parks and open spaces, so please bear with them.
Visitors are asked to follow this guidance to make sure to minimise the risks of the coronavirus spreading, and keep us all as safe as possible:
At Markeaton Park, Footgolf, Pitch and Putt and Disc Golf have now reopened and are open daily from 10.30am. The play areas will be reopening this weekend, but pay to play attractions such as mini golf, bouncy castles and electric cars remain closed at this time. The paddling pool remains closed in line with current Government guidance, and also because safe social distancing is not possible around the pool. The splash pad at Chaddesden Park also remains closed.
Currently limited toilet provision is available in the Craft Village at Markeaton Park and these are the only toilets available in parks across the city.
Parking charges also apply at Markeaton Park.
For the latest information, see the Covid-19 page at www.inderby.org.uk/parks.
Visitors are reminded that current Government restrictions allow you to meet outdoors with people from outside your household, in a group of up to six.
New funding has helped Derby Libraries spend £6,000 on increasing its supply of eBooks and Audiobooks, following a huge surge in demand for eLibrary services during lockdown.
In April 2020 there were 6,044 downloads of eBooks and Audiobooks by members, compared to 3,242 downloads during the same month in 2019. Audiobooks and eBooks are free for members to download through the BorrowBox app.
As well as £1,000 from Arts Council England, awarded to every library service in England to boost e-services in response to Covid-19, Derby Libraries were able to access an additional £5,000 from Bolinda, which supplies the eBooks and Audiobooks.
Thanks to the funding, library members now have better access to popular titles and commonly-requested books. Gaps in some book series have also been filled. Because more titles can be read by a number of people at the same time, Derby Libraries have been able to launch a virtual reading group through Facebook. The group is open to everyone, and can be found at www.inderby.org.uk/readinggroup.
There has also been an emphasis on buying more books for children as the majority continue to learn from home. Some of the money has been spent on increasing the range of books that a number of children can borrow at the same time. This gives them a greater choice of books to read or listen to if they’re taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, which is running online this year. Find out more about how to join in at www.inderby.org.uk/libraries/news/.
Schools across the city have also been making use of the eLibrary during lockdown. Landau Forte College, Murray Park Community School and Chaddesden Park Primary School have all encouraged their students to join while their home is their classroom.
Richard Gidlow, Key Stage 3 English Learning Leader from Landau Forte College, said: “The BorrowBox service has been a very impactful resource as it has allowed our students to make use of a digital library at a time when it would be hard for them to access physical books. It allows them to continue to progress their reading and choose from a wide range of books. We are so pleased that Derby Libraries have offered this resource. It has allowed our students to continue to cultivate their love of reading from home, at a time when escapism through a great book is needed more than ever.”
Councillor Robin Wood, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, added: “It is very encouraging to see how many people have discovered our eLibrary as a result of the pandemic. I’m sure their new-found reading habits will continue, especially as this funding will make even more books available to them.”
Non-members are able to join temporarily while the libraries are closed, meaning they can access all eLibrary services. See inderby.org.uk/libraries/how-to-join/ for more information.
When the libraries reopen, temporary members will be able to make their membership permanent. Currently staff are working hard behind the scenes to get everything in place ready to reopen the libraries in a way which is safe and practical. Dates for reopening are yet to be confirmed, but we are looking forward to welcoming members back, and the libraries’ website at inderby.org.uk/libraries will be updated as soon as details are available.