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Thousands of Derbyshire residents will go to the polls this Thursday to cast their votes in the county council elections. Derbyshire County Council elections are held every four years and on 6 May covid-secure polling stations across the county will open their doors from 7am to 10pm. A total of 254 candidates are standing across […]

New research shows that over 1,466 jobs could be created in Chesterfield across green infrastructure and care work in the next two years/ten years. The data, compiled by Green New Deal UK, shows that Chesterfield is likely to suffer over 1,148 permanent job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, losses which could be replaced entirely […]

Matt Hancock MP, the secretary fo state for Health, announced no changes to the tiering system for Derbyshire in the House of Commons just now. This comes after cases dipped at the start of December with recent increases in case numbers across the county. Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire, posted on Facebook this […]

Derbyshire will become one of the first new areas in the country to roll out community testing – previously referred to as ‘mass testing’ – before Christmas. Plans have already been drawn up and military support is in place to enable community testing to start in Derbyshire from the 21st December. The testing will be for […]

Spire Radio listener, Becky Louise Parkin contacted us this week to highlight an inequality in the law over the rights of same sex couples to have both of their names on their children’s birth certificates. Currently, UK law only allows same sex couples to have both of their names on the birth certificates of their […]

With many Christmas Carol Concerts cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Middlecroft Community Group have teamed up with Spire Radio to hold a one-off special on Spire Radio on Friday 18th December from 6pm. This new show, hosted by Jordan Hartshorne and the leaders of the group, will bring together our communities […]

Chesterfield single-use plastic campaign group, Plastic Free Chesterfield, is to host an online end-of-year event on Wednesday 16th December to celebrate the group’s achievements and efforts this year.  Despite being in a pandemic, Plastic Free Chesterfield have held twelve events this year, with only two being in-person. On top of this, the group are also […]

Residents can now sign-up to learn something new in the new year with Derbyshire County Council’s adult education service. Courses for the new spring term start in January with a mixture of online, Covid-secure face-to-face and blended (mixture of both) courses. Covid-secure safety measures  will be in place across all the council’s community education centres. A […]

As the festive season gets underway, single-use plastic group, Plastic Free Chesterfield, are launching their new campaign providing tips on how to have a greener, plastic-free Christmas. With so much excitement surrounding many elements of Christmas, being environmentally conscious can sometimes be difficult to think about. Research shows that waste can double during the Christmas […]

Calls by Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health Dean Wallace to stick to government restrictions have been echoed by an Amber Valley woman suffering from long Covid. Retired business owner Viv Palfreyman – who started Acorn Training in Ripley in 1996 – started to feel unwell after a 24-hour flight home from Australia in late February. […]


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