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.
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”.