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Fritchley Christmas Festival

Fritchley Christmas Festival

Sat, 04 Dec 2021 14:00

Fritchley Christmas Festival

2-6pm

Venue:
Fritchley
Contact:
Fritchley Community Association
Margaret Keys Concert

Margaret Keys Concert

Sat, 04 Dec 2021 19:30

Sat 4th Dec 2021

7.30pm

St Peter's Church

Returning to Belper this December is soprano singer, Margaret Keys.

Born in Derry, Northern Ireland her passion for music took hold at a young age and Margaret decided that she wanted to pursue a career on stage.

Margaret has performed extensively throughout the world and has performed with some of the world's leading orchestras and performers.

She has performed to an audience of 35,000 in a special International Lakeside Proms concert and was one of the chosen artists from throughout the World, which also included Andrea Bocelli and Aretha Franklin, to perform for Pope Francis in a special concert for his visit to the USA in 2015. The concert was broadcast worldwide to an audience of 1.5million.

She has also performed on several TV broadcasts including BBC Songs of Praise, The BBC Proms and on PBS American TV specials.

Margaret has performed with West End star Alfie Boe, Russell Watson, Paul Potts and was special guest to the multi- platinum selling The Fron Male Voice Choir in their recent tour to New York City and in their UK tour. She made her debut in the Royal Albert Hall in December 2015 in "Christmas with stars" which was produced by BBC Radio 2 and the TV Times. Following this performance She was subsequently invited back to perform again in the Royal Albert Hall Christmas Concert Special in 2016.

She was highly honoured to perform for HRH Prince of Wales Foundation Concert for Children and Arts, which was aired to an audience of 5million on Classic Fm and Sky Arts.

Margaret's high-profile performances have made a great impact on the world of classical music and thus prompted her appointment as the only Irish Ambassador for HRH Prince Of Wales Foundation for Children and Arts. This is especially important to Margaret as she is a proud supporter of arts having a positive impact on young people. She champions the power of the arts and music to transform lives of children.

Find out more about Margaret Keys at www.margaretkeys.co.uk


DALEDIVA

Supporting Margaret will be DALEDIVA.

This popular female, Derbyshire choir formed in November 2007, is renowned for sharing its love of singing. Founded and directed by the charismatic Ally Law, this vibrant and entertaining group of women hits the mark with a variety of audiences through their mixed repertoire, infectious joy of singing and sense of fun. They have a contemporary and modern approach to their repertoire, mainly 4-part arrangements in the acapella style. Over the14 years, they have had many achievements including winning channel 5's 'Don't stop Believing' and performing on the MGM stage in Las Vegas! All amateur singers but with a professional attitude, members attend weekly rehearsals to develop their vocal and performance skills. Their philosophy is simple; If they are having a good time then their audiences will too.

Find out more about DALEDIVA at www.dalediva.com

The evening will be compèred by Fliss Goldsmith.


Tickets: Adults - £17Tickets are available at www.belperfringe.org Derby Live

Venue:
St Peter's Church
Contact:
events@belperfringe.org
Winter Food Festival

Winter Food Festival

Sun, 05 Dec 2021 15:00

The Food Festival will be held on King St, Campbell St and Strutt St. Free event 10am-3pm

Venue:
Town Centre
Contact:
Assistant Town Clerk
Documents:
December Food Festival Flyer (PDF, 254 Kb)

Belper Friends

Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:00

BELPER FRIENDS December 8th 2021

Our second gathering at Belper Community Cottage on November 10th attracted another 13 arrivals - another success. Yet again, 13 is a lucky number!

We were on the front page of QB Magazine number 123 of Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage. David Edgley,the Editor of QB generously apportioned us further coverage on page 11.

The Guest Speaker on November 10th was our friendly vivacious Hate Crime Monitoring Police Officer Fred Bray warning us about online fraud and various scams in which it is so easy to get caught.

He was joined by two further police officers, both Hate Crime Co-ordinators - Emma McGovern based in Chesterfield and Anna Watson based in Derby. It was interesting to hear them say a few words about their important and useful work.

As always, drinks were served. As usual, everything was totally free of charge. We asked the group what they would like to do over future months including popular guest speakers and local walks.

My Actor / Producer and Director friend Bill Smith sent apologies, but has promised to read an emotional poem about homophobia at our Christmas meeting on December 8th.

Faithful regulars, Ken Hopkins, Iain Greenwood and James were joined by Alan, my husband Terry and David.

My former pupil from Worksop Valley Comprehensive days - Tim Blades and his husband - Graham Pearson joined us again. Contemplating Belper Bus Station, Tim was inspired to write a poem about it which he'll read to us on December 8th.

Steve Hanson who owned the famous Green Lane Gallery in the 1990s sent his apologies via his good friend, another Alan - Alan Werry. My friend too. We go back several years.

It was a special pleasure to welcome Alan to Belper Friends on his first visit. He is one of those rare people, radiating warmth, who seemed to be liked by all. He was very helpful in the kitchen and charmed everybody with his big friendly smile.

Steve is hosting another reunion at the Crown on December 11th to which all Belper Friends are welcome.

The guest speaker for December is Mikey Heald the Youth and Community Engagement Worker for Amber Valley Derbyshire Transition Team.

Tel: 07929851143

You can also contact him by email at Mikey.Heald@derbyshire.gov.uk

Mikey is interested in forming new local youth groups and exploring possible links with Belper Friends.


The next meeting of Belper Friends will be at the Community Cottage [opposite Belper Bus Station] on Wednesday, December 8th when we have our Christmas Fuddle. Terry will provide his usual excellent sandwiches. Feel free to bring your own contribution.

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, from 1 to 3.30pm. There is free car parking behind the Community Cottage located on the A6. 01 773 82 44 83

See you all next month,

Narvel

narvel@btinternet.com

https://linktr.ee/narvelannable

Venue:
Cottage Project BELPER
Contact:
01773 824483

Monthly Market

Sat, 11 Dec 2021 08:30

Monthly Market 8.30am - 3pm

Venue:
Market Place
Contact:
Town Council
Christmas Crafts Drop In Sessions

Christmas Crafts Drop In Sessions

Sat, 11 Dec 2021 10:00

Christmas Crafts Drop In Sessions

Saturday 11th and Saturday 18th December

Hourly slots between 10am-2pm

Have a go at making snowmen, angels and Christmas trees to decorate your tree at home.

This is a free event for children aged four and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Face coverings must be worn unless exempt.

Contact Belper library on 01629 533 192

Venue:
Belper Library
Contact:
01629 533 192
Documents:
Belper Library Christmas Craft Drop in Sessions (PDF, 691 Kb)
Accessible Show - Meet Me In St Louis

Accessible Show - Meet Me In St Louis

Wed, 15 Dec 2021 13:00

Accessible Show - Meet Me In St Louis

1pm for 1:30

Venue:
Ritz Cinema
Contact:
01773 822 224
Documents:
Accessible Shows - November & December 2021 (PDF, 139 Kb)
Christmas Crafts Drop In Sessions

Christmas Crafts Drop In Sessions

Sat, 18 Dec 2021 10:00

Christmas Crafts Drop In Sessions

Saturday 11th and Saturday 18th December

Hourly slots between 10am-2pm

Have a go at making snowmen, angels and Christmas trees to decorate your tree at home.

This is a free event for children aged four and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Face coverings must be worn unless exempt.

Contact Belper library on 01629 533 192

Venue:
Belper Library
Contact:
01629 533 192
Documents:
Belper Library Christmas Craft Drop in Sessions (PDF, 691 Kb)

CHRISTMAS EVE CAROL SERVICE

Fri, 24 Dec 2021 19:45

"It is with deep regret that Cllr John Porter, Mayor of Belper is forced to announce that the annual carol service has had to be cancelled. There was a real desire that our town could get together on Christmas Eve to celebrate in song following a second year of sacrifice and denial but concerns over public health have worsened in the past few days. Hopefully this present virus strain is less harmful but is far more contagious and there is a huge risk that our health services could therefore be overrun this winter. We have been exploring ways that our service in the Market Place could be made safe but we have come to the realisation that a mass event in Belper, with up to 2,000 in attendance, is just not wise at this time. Cancelling the carol service is therefore a preventative action to safeguard our community and to lessen the burden on the NHS.

I know that once again COVID is having a negative impact on our lives but as long as we face these challenges together I am sure that we will get through this. On behalf of all at Belper Town Council I want to thank everyone for their strength and forbearance through these troubled times. For some their loss has been hard to bear and our thoughts and love go out to them.

We must now look forward with hope to 2022. Please keep safe this Christmas and New Year".

Belper Market Place Carol Service 2021 on-line:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2124378057718108

Venue:
Market Place
Contact:
Belper Town Council