top of page

A Selection of Stories From Our Latest Edition

Fundraising Fashion Show is coming to Bakewell

Friday 11th August, 7:30pm at The Medway Centre, New Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DY

Age UK Derby and Derbyshire are well known for our Fashion Shows in Derby City Centre, recently in Matlock Bath and now we are coming to Bakewell on Friday 11th August. We are looking forward to holding a Fundraising Fashion Evening at The Medway Centre.

Join us for an evening of fun and shopping with high street brands at discounted prices. Your ticket price of £7 will include a glass of wine which you can enjoy whilst watching the catwalk show.

Pre-booking tickets is advised as it can get very busy on the night and numbers are limited.

Please email us at and we will be happy to send you a link to book.

Beth Mills, one of the fundraising coordinators says ‘Everyone always enjoys the Fashion Shows. They are fantastic fundraisers for the Charity and also an excellent evening out with your friends or family’.

This is a charity event for Age UK Derby & Derbyshire and the profit from the event will benefit local older people.

To book tickets Contact Beth Mills –fundraisingteam@age or call 01773 766922 or 07907 274884.



At our meeting on 1st June our Chairman, Clive Robinson, welcomed new members and visitors before introducing our speakers Pat and Nicky from Derby Mountain Rescue.

A very interesting presentation during which Pat filled us in on the work that the Derby Mountain Rescue does and showed photos of various training scenarios including water rescue and rescue in the Peak District hills.

We learnt that the Derby Mountain Rescue was formed in 1964 after an incident that occurred during the 4 Inns Walk in Derbyshire when a group of Scouts got into trouble. It was after this incident that it was decided that there needed to be a rescue group started to help with such incidents.

Derby Mountain Rescue work alongside the Police, Air Ambulance and Coastguard, their principal area of operations is the Peak District and south of the Peak District. It consists of approximately 60 members divided into teams. Team members are on call at various times and are contacted by the Team Leader when needed. The initial call out starts with a 999 call passed on to the Police, who assess the situation, and then the Police will contact Derby Mountain Rescue if it is felt that their expertise is required. The Rescue Team now has 3 dogs (one active and 2 in training) and drones to help with searching. It is amazing what the Rescue members do (all voluntary) and give their time to help to keep members of the public safe. Their training is intense and it takes many weeks to become trained up to be a part of the Team.

Derby Mountain Rescue at present work out of a premises in Duffield but are now raising money to build a purpose-built headquarters in Mackworth.

A vote of thanks to Pat and Nicky was given by Tony Pyner.

If you would like any information about Matlock Probus Club please contact: Clive Robinson, Chairman: 01246 582938 or Nigel Carabine, Treasurer: 01629 823581.



Children and young people across Derby and Derbyshire are being asked to help mark the 75th anniversary year of the NHS by creating an ‘image’ to mark the historic occasion.

Led by Joined Up Care Derbyshire – the theme chosen for NHS75 for the region is ‘thank you NHS’. The appeal is to capture, create or produce an image which represents appreciation, thanks and support for the NHS – this could reflect the care, treatment, services, clinicians or carers. There is a prize of £75 voucher for the winner in each category.

Caroline Wade, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The NHS marks its 75th birthday on Wednesday, 5 July 2023 – labelled NHS75. This competition is an opportunity for our community to become involved to create artwork to be displayed across our region’s NHS organisations, where it is hoped it will stay for many years to come.

We’re gearing up for a number of celebration events across the region and we want to provide as many opportunities as possible for people in our region to mark the special occasion. It’s not every year the NHS reaches its 75th year!”

The image can be made at home or school, in any art or youth groups.

There are three age categories for the appeal: Ages 3-7; Ages 8-11; Ages 12-18

The image can be created using any medium but must be no larger than A4. It can be a photograph (with full consent for any individuals used), drawing, painting or other artist medium. It must fit in a clip frame for display purposes.

All submissions should first be done by emailing a photograph to Then we will contact the individuals to arrange framing and confirm where the work will be displayed – this will be one of the healthcare settings across across Derby and Derbyshire. It will be unveiled during the anniversary week – starting on 3 July.


River Networks Launches Supported Housing Project for Vulnerable People in Matlock Bath

River Networks, a leading charity organisation dedicated to supporting vulnerable people, has recently launched a new supported housing project in Matlock Bath. The project, which is aimed at providing safe and secure housing for vulnerable individuals, is now accepting applications through the charity's website.

The new development comprises 60 self-contained flats, each with access to a kitchen, bathroom, and living space. The flats are designed to support vulnerable individuals, including those with mental health issues, disabilities, and those who have experienced homelessness. The building also features communal spaces and outdoor areas for residents to enjoy.

Speaking about the launch of the new project, River Networks CEO, Terry Eckersley said, "We are delighted to be launching this new project. Our aim is to provide safe and secure housing for those who need it most and to create a supportive community that fosters independence and well-being."

Eckersley added, "At River Networks, we believe that everyone deserves a safe and secure place to call home, and we are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable people. We encourage anyone who is in need of supported housing to visit our website and apply today."

Applications for the new supported housing project are now open and can be submitted through the River Networks Charity website at www.rivernetwork



Buxton Soroptimists opened their business meeting with a presentation. President Elizabeth Blagbrough presented Judy Pickering (Buxton) and Sarah Clowes (Dore, formerly Tideswell) with their long service awards.

Plans were made for several charity events. Members will assist at the Diabetes Awareness Day at Hayfield on 1st July . They will also continue to support the Women's Refuge , and Ukraine.


A Summer’s Evening of Music’ – Three Choir Appeal

Saturday 24th June at 7:30pm, St. Mary’s Church, Church Close, Wirksworth, DE4 4DP

Gresley, Bestwood and the Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choirs are joining forces to support the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and the Nightingale Macmillan Unit, Royal Derby Hospital, by helping raise funds to support these vital services.

The concert will be held at the impressive St. Mary’s Church, Wirksworth, a wonderful venue to host major concerts in the beautiful market town of Wirksworth.

Tickets are available locally from Marsden’s Gift Shop, Wirksworth and Flint’s (01629 826339/ 07761 624049) and also on the door at just £8. You are promised a fantastic evening of choral entertainment!

All three male voice choirs are long-standing and nationally well-known. Gresley MVC and then Bestwood MVC augmented by the Pye Hill & District MVC will unite to sing a range of their most popular songs from current repertoire. The concert will also see all three choirs’ mass in combined powerful harmony, to take full advantage of the wonderful acoustics of this beautiful church.

Expect to hear a diverse range of songs from traditional choral music, the shows, gospel, folk and contemporary music.

If you require any further information, please telephone Malcolm Hill of the Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir on 01773 602743.


Beef up your Profits with Peak Farmers Group

Thursday 29th June, 7pm

We are half way through the year already! Since January we have covered a range of topics including the Animal Health & Welfare Pathway and Health & Safety on farms. All topics have been applicable to farmers in and around the Peak District and we have lots more planned for the rest of the year.

For our June meeting we are going to take a look into the ways farmers can increase their profits in beef production through having a traditional store cattle enterprise. Mark Walker will be showing us his cattle and discussing how his system works.

We also have Will Cottrill from Blade Farming, part of the ABP Food Group, attending to discuss options available with Blade Farming

This meeting will take place on Thursday 29th June starting at 7pm, and will be a great opportunity for farmers in and around the Peak District to get together to find out more on the different opportunities there are for store cattle enterprises.

The meeting is being held at Broadmeadow Farm, Alport, Bakewell, DE45 1LH by kind permission of Mark Walker & Family. Food will be provided and this meeting is free for anyone to attend.

We hope to see as many people there as possible. From listening to feedback from previous meetings we are holding this meeting in the evening and hope this gives more people the opportunity to attend.

Booking is essential, please call Alice on 07904 691457 or email to reserve a place.



As the summer equinox is celebrated across Derbyshire, what better way to enjoy this special time of year than by visiting one of the gems of the White Peak. On Sunday 25 June, Parwich and District Horticultural Society once again stages Open Gardens, which sees residents across this delightful village throwing open their gates between 1pm and 6pm.

From cottage gardens bursting with summer blooms and sprouting vegetable plots, to the formal grounds of Parwich Hall it’s sure to be a riot of colour and inspiration. Along with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the glorious views across the rooftops and surrounding countryside.

Touring gardens can be hungry work, so cream teas will be served at the Memorial Hall between 2pm and 5pm, and don’t miss the locally grown plants on sale too.

Tickets for Parwich Open Gardens cost £5 per adult, with under 16s free, and are available to purchase on the day at the Memorial Hall. This is a fundraising event and monies raised enable donations to be made to other village organisations including Community First Responders, Parwich Bowls Club and St Peter’s Parish Church.

Getting here: Parwich is located between Ashbourne and Bakewell. Car parking is available within the village.



The annual Peak Forest Fell Race, which is run in the limestone area of the glorious Peak District countryside, will be held on Sunday, 9th July 2023. The race starts at 11.15 am on Church Lane, in front of the now redundant village shop (Grid reference SK115795).

You can pre-enter for the race through SiEntries at a cost of £6 or alternatively you can enter on the day when the cost is £8. Registration takes place in the Reading Room, which is located at the road junction with traffic lights on the A623. Parking is on the village recreation ground. The fell race is 10 km in distance with a climb of 247 m. Many fell runners come year after year to participate in the race.

A range of delicious homemade cakes will be available to buy after the race together with a hot drink.

The funds raised through the event are in aid of the Reading Room, which is the local community centre.

Please come along if you would like to participate in the race. For more information contact Chris Hopley on 07768 085 867 or e-mail a.c.hopley@bt


bottom of page