Reiki Development Day, Fri 25 Jan, 10.30am to 4.30pm

19 Lesley Close, Littleover, Derby, Derbyshire DE23 4AW

Come and join in this calm and uplifting day of relaxation and healing suitable for anyone with Reiki training. You’ll give and receive a full treatment, share in group healing and indulge in guided meditations including one for bringing light into this dark time of the year! Spend a day with like minded people, relax, and go home feeling lighter and energised.

Please bring a treatment table if you have one, a blanket and pillow for healing and something yummy to share for lunch. Numbers are limited so PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

Contact telephone: 07789020668 Call to check latest times or cancellations.

£37.50 for the day



Burton on Trent Jazz Club hosts The New Orleans Hotshots Jazz Band, Jan 24, 8.30 – 11.15pm

Burton Jazz Club, Marstons Social Club, Shobnall Road, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE14 2BE

A weekly Thursday evening Jazz Club at Marstons Social Club. Featuring mostly traditional Jazz Bands from around the country:
January 17th: The Stackyard Stompers
January 24th: The New Orleans Hotshots Jazz Band
January 31st: The Bill Bailey All Stars

Contact telephone: 01283 548159 Call to check latest times or cancellation.

Entry £9.


Derby Roundhouse Tour, Sat 26 Jan, 10:30am

Derby Roundhouse

Join us on a journey to explore the oldest turning shed in the World where the golden age of steam once ruled!

The crumbling remains of The Roundhouse has been restored into a truly unique learning centre for Derby College and this special tour reveals how the impressive new buildings complement the character of this historical site.

Derby Roundhouse is a Grade II listed building, built in 1839 and given Guinness World Record status in 2012 as the oldest surviving railway Roundhouse in the world.

The friendly and knowledgeable tour guides will take you around The Roundhouse, the Engine Shed and Carriage Shop and reveal the true-life stories of the men, women and children who pioneered Derby’s railway industry. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

You can walk in the footsteps of George Stephenson, constructor of The Roundhouse and discover how the town of Derby prospered at the forefront of Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

Booking and payment in advance is essential.

The tour may be cancelled if there is insufficient numbers. You will be contacted in advance if this is the case.

Please meet in the main reception, 10 minutes before the tour start time, next to the car park at the end of Roundhouse Road.

Private group tours can be arranged on alternative dates and times subject to venue and guide availability, please contact the Sales and Information team on

Tickets: £6

What’s on South Derbyshire

The following events are taking place in South Derbyshire. during Wednesday 28 November – 5 December. See link  at the bottom of the page for more information.

Fri 25 Jan The Sound of Simon

Mon 28 Jan Melbourne Civic Society Talks

Mon 28 Jan South Derbyshire Badger Group – Quiz and Social Evening

These events can be found on page 35

Dick Whittington, Tue 22 – Sun 27 Jan, 7:15pm, Sat 1pm & 5pm, Sun 1pm

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

King Rat is threatening to take over London. Only the penniless but brave Dick Whittington and his trusty feline sidekick, Tiddles, can stop the rodent’s quest for domination!

Aided by the magic of a very cockney Spirit of London, the more down to earth and questionable ‘help’ of his mother, Dame Sarah, and his loyal but brainless pal, ‘Barrow Boy’ Billy, Dick’s adventure takes him from the East End of London to distant tropical shores before the final showdown with the villainous King Rat and his henchrats, Nip and Tuck!

Along the way he attempts to win the hand of the lovely Alice, daughter of the bumbling Alderman Fitzwarren and foil the plot of the mysterious, piratical Long John Tin Foil.

Will our hero triumph over these adversities, become Lord Mayor and live happily ever after?

A new version of the classic tale, brimming with comedy, slapstick and everything you would want and expect from a traditional family pantomime and of course plenty to keep the audience cheering and booing along!

The Watson Players

Tickets: £11 – £5.50

Martyn Joseph, Fri 18 Jan, 8pm

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Martyn Joseph, a performer like no other, is back.

He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”. There are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.

Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.

2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his “Let Yourself Trust”, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it’s found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations.

2016 was one of Martyn’s busiest, and this was acknowledged by him being nominated in the “Hardest Working Artist” category at the UK Independent Music Awards, being the only folk artist to receive any nomination. Playing over 170 shows worldwide he was also part of the Parliament/EFDSS project “Sweet Liberties” marking 800 years of British democracy, with Nancy Kerr, Sam Carter and Maz O’Connor. One of his songs from this, “Nye” celebrating Nye Bevan, the author of the NHS, has been enthusiastically received by audiences everywhere, as well as having BBC national airplay on Mark Radcliffe’s Folk Show and Tom Robinson’s 6 Music show.

Autumn 2018 will see the release of his 33rd studio album, produced by Gerry Diver (Tom Robinson, Lisa Knapp and Sam Lee)

Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. It’s a road he’s been travelling for most of his life and, as he often tells his audience, ‘you keep turning up and so will I.’


Tickets: £16.25 – £8.13

The Nightingale of South Bank, Thu 17 Jan, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

The arias of the versatile soprano Florence Easton

Florence Easton was born in 1882 South Bank, Middlesbrough. After training at the Royal Academy at the turn of the 20th century, she went on to become one of our most versatile English opera singers and became known professionally as “The Nightingale of South Bank”.

Working with companies both in England and abroad Florence settled in America after the start of World War 1. In 1918 At the Metropolitan Opera, New York she created the role of Lauretta in the world premiere of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, making her the first soprano ever to sing the famous aria “O Mio Babbino Caro”.

Helena Leonard sings many of Florence’s famous arias from operas including Madame Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi, Aida, Tosca and many more as she tells you the fascinating story about the varied career of Florence Easton, “The Nightingale of South Bank”.

Written by Sarah Nelson
Musical Director: Carl Penlington-Williams
Originally devised by Rebecca Little and Helena Leonard

Tickets: £14.75