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Creswell sing their way to success!

Creswell Junior School hit the right note with the judges as they scooped the 2016 title of Bolsover District Council School Choir Festival Champions.

The 25 strong choir wowed the audience and the judge with their harmonies and their innovative routines to scoop the top prize at our annual School Choir Festival held at the Heritage High School in Clowne on Wednesday 15 June 2016. The choir won a trophy, £500 and the chance to perform alongside Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir for their Christmas Concert at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield in December.

Creswell Junior School winners 2016 LR

The school sang two songs - Disney Medley and When I Grow Up - and really engaged with and kept the audience entertained throughout.

It is one of the biggest school choir festivals in the East Midlands saw over 1,300 children representing 26 schools from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with hundreds of friends and family cheering them on.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. said, “I’m amazed at some of the talent we have. We had some great harmonies and individual performances that you could see everyone in the audience singing along to and tapping their feet to the beat. Congratulations to Creswell on winning the competition but also a massive well done to everyone who took part in a really enjoyable day.”

Runners-up were Nottingham High School Junior Department who won a plaque and £250 and Creswell Junior School also won the trophy for the highest placed school within Bolsover District.

Steven Roberts was adjudicator for the day and he is Musical Director of Sing Live UK, one of the country’s largest independent adult singing organisations as well as Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir. He is also an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals and regularly adjudicates throughout the United Kingdom as well as being a music mentor for Music for Youth.

Steven said, “The standard this year has been exceptionally high and is the best we have seen. We had some great song choices and lovely engaging performances that touched people’s emotions. Well done to everyone involved.”

Date issued: 15 June 2016

Shirebrook Brass Festival 2016

Brass band lovers are set for a real treat as Shirebrook hosts their Festival of Brass over a weekend in July.

First up are the world famous Fodens Brass Band who will perform a concert at Shirebrook Leisure Centre, Park Road, Shirebrook on Saturday 9 July 2016. brass musicians

Organised by Bolsover District Council and Shirebrook Town Council, this unique concert, which starts at 7pm, will see them perform a whole host of music including Bernstein’s “Candide Overture”, Monti’s “Czardas”, Mancini’s “Moon River”, “Fanfare and Flying Theme from E.T”., “Autumn Leaves”, Wagner’s “Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla” plus much more.

Featured soloists include Mark Wilkinson (cornet), David Thonton (Euphonium), Richard Poole (Soprano Cornet), John Barber (Trombone) and Mark Landon (Percussion).

Tickets for this event are on sale now priced at £12 adults and £10 concessions and can be purchased from Shirebrook Leisure Centre on 01623 748313 as well as Shirebrook Town Council office on 01623 742475.

Following this, on Sunday 10 July, the second Shirebrook Music Festival will take place at Shirebrook Leisure Centre starting at 12 noon. This popular and highly enjoyable brass band entertainment contest will feature many bands of all calibre performing throughout the day.

Entry to the Shirebrook Entertainment Festival is £2 on the door.

Date issued: 8 June 2016

Have your say on Carr Vale recreational facilities

Residents in Carr Vale and New Bolsover Model Village are being invited to have their say about leisure/play and recreational facilities in the area.

A public consultation event is being held to give local people the chance to view the proposals being put forward by Bolsover District Council for both Castle Leisure Park and Vale Park. Castle Leisure Park

The proposals include:

  • Castle Leisure Park – Replace the existing ATP to a tarmac Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) which would be free to use.
  • Vale Park – Revamp areas of the park and update the play facilities, sports area and benches and picnic tables.

The proposals will see an investment of over £100,000 into sports and recreational facilities in the area which will provide activities for a wide age range from toddlers to teenagers.

The public consultation event is being held on Wednesday 15 June 2016 between 3-7.30pm in Bainbridge Hall, Chapel Road, Carr Vale and everyone is invited to attend. Just drop in and have your say.

Date issued: 7 June 2016

Communities Spoilt 4 Choice with new service  

A new service to support individuals with learning and/or physical disabilities has moved into our headquarters in Clowne.

Spoilt 4 Choice is a specialist day service and community support provider and they have expanded their operation to open another branch in the council offices in Clowne. Spoilt 4 Choice logo

In addition to working with people who have learning and/or physical disabilities, the company also provides specialised support for individuals on the Autism Spectrum, individuals with challenging behaviour and complex needs.

They will work closely with our leisure team to deliver excellent support services to local residents in accessing the new swimming pool (opens in January 2017) and leisure and recreational offer, as well as providing their own activities programme.

Nizam Bata, Managing Director at Spoilt 4 Choice said, "I believe at Spoilt4Choice day centres we have created a unique approach to supporting vulnerable adults through a range of stimulating and meaningful activities, which have been developed through listening to our service users and working in partnership with people to develop our offering.

“By having an ethos of enablement throughout everything we do, we are able to achieve positive real life outcomes for the individuals we support which leads to more fulfilment in their day to day lives. Our goal is to continue delivering high quality of care and outcomes for individuals in Derbyshire, whilst ensuring that those who use our services learn new things, grow and have fun.”

The company now operates from three sites, two in the heart of Leicester (Overton Road & Humberstone Road) and the other from The Arc Council Offices in Clowne supporting over 80 service users with a wide range of activities and opportunities.

These activities range from support going into the community, weekly trips to swimming, bowling, libraries, parks, museums, into town, shopping and weekly arts and crafts tuition, music and dance sessions.

Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “We are delighted to welcome Spoilt 4 Choice into our offices and look forward to creating a good working relationship with them for the benefit of our local communities. They are relatively new to the area, so we would encourage anyone who feels they would benefit from their services to get in touch and go and talk to them.

“We have been actively looking at our assets to try and get the most out of them and attract income to help offset some of the grants we are losing, which will ultimately benefit the tax payer. We have to become more business minded, so renting and leasing rooms in our offices and buildings to businesses and community organisations is the first step in this process.”

For more information or to make a referral please telephone 01246 819781 or contact Karen Crooks the team leader for the Arc on 07398 230718 or visit their website.

Date issued: 6 June 2016

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