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Chesterfield FC launches new Community Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the Chesterfield FC Community Awards, which will be handed out on Saturday, April 16 at the Technique Stadium.

The club is launching the ceremony in order to recognise those caring individuals in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire who selflessly put others first.

The awards are going to be uplifting, featuring superb entertainment and a range of awards given to some truly outstanding people who have made a significant contribution over what has been an incredibly challenging year.

Bridget Ball, Chesterfield FC’s marketing manager, said: “We are thrilled to be able to put on an event like this. After such a testing time for everyone, we want to show those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty that their efforts are very much appreciated.

“It promises to be a night full of tears and laughter, making it an event to remember and I am really looking forward to it.”

The full list of awards to be handed out includes:

  • Adult of Bravery Award
  • Outstanding Sporting Achievement Award
  • Key Worker of the Year Award
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital Hero of the Year Award
  • Young Person of Courage Award
  • Emergency Services Award
  • Carer of the Year Award
  • Local Hero of the Year Award
  • Neighbor of the Year Award
  • Fundraiser of the Year Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

To read about the different awards and to make a nomination, please click on the following link: https://chesterfield-fc.co.uk/awards22

The closing date for nominations is Friday, March 25, 2022 at 5pm.

Chesterfield Football Club supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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“There has never been more opportunity for young people to build a career in hospitality in Chesterfield.”

Destination Chesterfield Chair, Peter Swallow has given his thoughts about exciting developments taking place across Chesterfield as we enter March.

Spring is in the air. I for one cannot wait for the longer, warmer days and, rather than staying indoors. I, like many of you, am starting to think about venturing out again in the evening.

Whilst some of us may have been hibernating during the winter months, it is pleasing to see that the hospitality sector in Chesterfield has not been. Despite the challenges that the pandemic has thrown at it, new bars and restaurants have opened in the last six months, and more are opening soon.

Most recently Vicar Lane Shopping Centre welcomed Pizza Pi and before that Albert’s Jüngerer Bruder opened in Rykneld Square in November last year. The town centre will also shortly welcome The Dirty Habit on Holywell Street, taking over the unit that once was the Rising Sun. This new bar will also have outdoor space.

The pandemic has helped us all appreciate the outdoors, and it is great to see more businesses using their outdoor space to draw people to their venue. It benefits not only their business but also the high streets and town centre too.

With the transformation of the former Co-op on Elder Way into units for bars and restaurants, which also has fantastic outdoor dining space, it is fair to say that Chesterfield town centre’s night-time economy is set to get livelier in 2022.

As well as boosting Chesterfield’s night-time economy, giving local people and visitors more choice, these businesses are also creating jobs and opportunity. Albert’s Jüngerer Bruder has created 20 jobs alone.

Outside the town centre, Chesterfield’s hospitality scene is thriving. The Batch House at The Glass Yard is shortly to open and will offer everything from Indian street food to craft beer. While Chesterfield’s four-star hotel, Peak Edge, has recently been awarded the best wedding venue in Derbyshire.

With more than 16,000 students in North Derbyshire set to gain their GCSE and A level qualifications in the next five years, there has never been more opportunity for young people to build a career in hospitality in Chesterfield.

It is not just the hospitality sector which offers opportunity to young people.  At the recent Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Skills and Employability Conference it was revealed that that green and digital skills are most in demand from employers. This highlights the need for businesses and education and training providers to work together to ensure that young people are equipped with the skills needed to get good jobs.

Looking to the immediate digital skills needed to support the local economy, however, the Chesterfield Digital High Street campaign has been instrumental in enabling retail, hospitality and leisure businesses across the town to get online and trade digitally alongside their high street presence.

Ensuring young people know about the opportunities available to them now and in the future cannot just be the responsibility of businesses and skills and education providers. The proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ comes to mind. It highlights the importance of community and what we can all do to support young people leaving education this year and beyond.

From offering work experience to simply telling young people about your job, we can all help them take their first step onto the career ladder and build their future right here in Chesterfield, ensuring the local economy thrives now and for future generations.

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Plans approved for Stephenson Memorial Hall

Ambitious plans to refurbish Chesterfield’s historic Stephenson Memorial Hall, which houses the museum and the Pomegranate Theatre have been approved by Chesterfield Borough Council’s planning committee.

This approval means that Chesterfield Museum is now closed to begin the complex process of moving the historic collection into safe storage.

The refurbishment of Stephenson Memorial Hall is projected to cost around £17 million with £11 million of funding being secured via the Government’s Levelling Up Fund. Chesterfield Borough Council has received almost £20 million through this Government fund, the other £8 million will be used to support and enhance the Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield Project.

Together this funding will help ensure that Chesterfield is a vibrant market town by improving connections across the town centre and enhancing the visitor economy.

Under the plans the refurbished Stephenson Memorial Hall will bring together an extended Pomegranate Theatre, a reconfigured and modern museum, alongside new gallery space, a café bar, education and community facilities.

The work will also protect the Grade II listed building and ensure that it remains part of the borough’s heritage for many more generations to come.

Creating a more accessible experience is another key aim of the proposals. The plans include three new lifts which will significantly improve the accessibility of the building for visitors, artists, and employees.

Also included in the plans are improvements to lighting, heating, and ventilation.

Revolution House, which tells the story of the Revolution of 1688, will reopen on Friday 15 April. The free museum will then be open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 11am to 4pm until Sunday 18 September.

Chesterfield Museum will also be launching Museum on the Move later this year, this will see some of the popular interactive events hosted in alternative venues around the borough. More details on these events will be released soon.

Whilst the Museum collection is moved the Pomegranate Theatre will continue to operate as normal and tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01246 345 222 or by visiting the Chesterfield Theatres website.

More detail on the ambitious plans will be outlined by Chesterfield Borough Council’s Director of Economic Growth, Neil Johnson at Celebrate Chesterfield 2022 taking place on Wednesday, 23rd March.

To find out more about the event and book your place, go to: https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/celebrate/

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Staveley Town Deal project aims to build skills for the future

A project that ensures Staveley residents can develop the skills they need to have great careers and bright futures has been given the green light.

The Construction Skills Hub will provide a practical platform for construction training, careers activity and work experience on a live construction site in Mastin Moor. Over ten years, it aims to provide training, careers insights, and work experience for over 5,000 learners.

The Skills Hub is one of the eleven projects that will be funded by the £25.2m Staveley Town Deal. Following formal Government sign-off, work to secure a training provider and develop the site can begin.

Councillor Tricia Gilby, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “This is a fantastic project for Staveley as it will help residents to access the training they need to secure good quality jobs. It serves as a great example of what we hope to achieve through the Staveley Town Deal – the creation of new opportunities, open to all. We can now start to work towards delivering this project and encouraging people to register their interest.”

Initially the Skills Hub will provide training in site and bench joinery, brickwork, ground works and electrical installation but in time the offer will expand to include training in retrofit and green technologies. It will be open to school leavers and other residents seeking to train or retrain.

There will also be a careers insight programme, which will be developed in collaboration with local schools, and opportunities for work experience to help young people make informed decisions about their futures.

The project has received support from local construction companies.

Ivan Fomin, Chair of the Staveley Town Deal Board, said: “Establishing the right connections between construction companies, training providers and local people from the outset will be key to the success of this project. It is critical that the training provided meets the needs of the sector. We want Staveley to be a place where everyone has the opportunity to succeed – to start, to stay and to grow.”

A site has already been identified for the Construction Skills Hub in collaboration with the Devonshire Group who will be bringing forward a new housing development in Mastin Moor from the Autumn. This will allow trainees to develop their skills on a live housing site whilst in time there will also be opportunities to gain experience on other Staveley Town Deal construction projects.

A training provider will shortly be appointed to deliver the skills packages and operate the Hub. The provider will help influence how the Hub is developed to ensure that the space and facilities are optimised to meet the needs of learners and the sector.

The first cohort of learners will be engaged from September 2022 with the training compound expected to be fully operational from September 2023.

Staveley is set to benefit from £25.2 million of investment through the Town Deal. This investment will support eleven different projects across the town and provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to help shape the future by improving transport links, creating new housing, providing skills for local people, enhancing community facilities, and regenerating the town centre.

Find out more about Staveley Town Deal on the council’s website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/staveley-town-deal


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New mentoring programme to support young people across North Derbyshire

The D2N2 Careers Hub, Led by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company, are expanding an innovative mentoring programme to support more young people across North Derbyshire, in partnership with The Work-Wise Foundation.

The launch follows a successful pilot in 2021, initiated by leaders from Chesterfield’s Property and Construction Forum, in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council and D2N2 Careers Hub.

The Future Makers, Creators, Designers and Builders Mentoring Programme is designed to support people who may be interested in exploring or pursuing careers working in the built environment. This might include designers, architects, surveyors, structural engineers, builders, and construction workers.

The pilot, which ran from March 2021 to January 2022 and was led by The Work-wise Foundation, saw female students from local Careers Hub schools and colleges; St. Mary’s Catholic High School, Chesterfield College, Whittington Green School, Springwell Community College and Brookfield Community School partnered with mentors from Whittam Cox Architects, Woodhead Group and Chesterfield Borough Council.

As part of this, students took part in construction themed activity days at CBE+ in Chesterfield and had regular meetings with their mentors to introduce them to the world of work and enthuse them about a career in the industry. In January, The Work-wise Foundation visited the students in their schools/colleges with D2N2 Careers Hub and their mentors to award them with certificates to celebrate their achievements.

Hannah Higley, Hub Coordinator for the Derbyshire North Careers Hub at D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership said, “It has been fantastic to see this programme develop over the last year. D2N2 Careers Hub and our local steering group are proud to fund the expansion of this successful model, in partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company cornerstone employers in D2N2, to support more young people in exploring what their next best step might be”

Cllr Amanda Serjeant, Deputy Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said, “I am really pleased to see the continuation of this project.  Improving the skills and work readiness of people in Chesterfield is our top priority because it will help ensure our ambition to create a thriving borough.

This programme is a great example of how partnership working can strengthen the links between education and business and help ensure that more school leavers are developing the skills they need to enter the workplace.  I am especially excited to see programmes that inspire with young women in sectors where they are underrepresented is key to ensuring success.

Women currently make up around 14% of professional roles within the construction industry, a number which we hope is set to rise with more and more women choosing construction jobs as a result of programmes like this.”

Following the success and positive feedback received from the schools/colleges, businesses and young people involved, the programme is launching to schools across the North Derbyshire region this month.

The programme will seek 15 mentees who may be interested in exploring or pursuing careers working in the built environment and partner them up with role models from industry who will work with them to build confidence, knowledge, and career prospects.

Over a 6-month period, mentors will receive relevant training which will help them work with their mentee on a bespoke project relevant to their mentors business and/or industry. The programme will finish with a showcase event on 8th July where students will present their projects and celebrate their achievements.

A launch event is scheduled to take place on Friday 18th March 2022 at Chesterfield College and any individuals interested in becoming mentors, or schools interested in their students’ becoming mentees, should contact The Work-wise Foundation at info@work-wise.co.uk or call Alex Gardner on 07726 362067.

To get in touch with D2N2 Careers Hub, contact hubs@d2n2lep.org

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Chesterfield’s Robinson produces packaging for luxury Fortnum and Mason product

Robinson – the manufacturer specialising in value-added custom packaging – has partnered with Fortnum and Mason to launch their new iced fingers in store this February.

Fortnum & Mason is a leading luxury food & drink brand, providing hampers and gifts for more than 300 years.

Robinson produced two different sized boxes that have been embellished with gold blocking to add a luxury, high-end appeal. Marrying luxury with sustainability, the boxes are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paperboard and can be widely recycled once used. The packaging also includes two cushion pads to protect the iced fingers in transport and on retail shelves.

The boxes have been printed using Fortnum and Mason’s traditional and elegant eaudenil colour palette and to meet their standards Robinson carried out substrate tests to ensure the packaging exactly matched the brand requirements.

Jon Walker, NPD Director at Robinson, said: “We are thrilled to have collaborated on this project and it is exciting to see the product finally launched. Being closely located we can offer flexibility and speed of supply and are proud to be a strategic partner to Fortnum and Mason. We are looking forward to further collaborations.”

The iced fingers are exclusively available in Fortnum and Mason’s London Piccadilly store and online through their website.

If you are interested in sustainable boxes for your brand, please email jonw@robinsonpackaging.com

Sustainability is at the heart of everything Robinson do, following the lunch of the company’s sustainability pledge last year. The pledge outlines a range of commitments underpinned by their strategic priorities focused on putting the customer first, sustainable growth and thriving people.

Robinson supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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Chesterfield Area Walking Festival returns for 2022

The Chesterfield Area Walking Festival is returning for another year, with residents and visitors being encouraged to get outdoors and enjoy what the area has to offer.

The annual festival – taking place from Saturday 14 May to Sunday 22 May – features a variety of gentle strolls, family walks and hikes for those who are more experienced. Tickets for the festival will be available to book from Tuesday 1 March.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The festival really offers something for everyone to enjoy. We have so many beautiful countryside locations around Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire, so taking part in this event is a great way to explore some new places or visit your favourite locations with friends and family.

“The festival is really popular and regularly sells out. If any of the events interest you, then book your ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

There will be a variety of walks to take part in – including Big Hikes such as The Chesterfield Round, Bolsover Boundary Walk and Ogston and Ashover Circular.

Evening walks such as Railway, Rother and Return or Hidden Treasures, which give walkers an opportunity to find out some interesting stories from inside Spital Cemetery, will also be taking place.

The popular Boots and Boat walks return allowing walkers to combine a canal side wander with a short boat ride.

There are a range of family friendly walks such as the Queen’s Park Buggy Walk, the Family Fun Wildlife Walk and the Family Adventure Journey.

Last year’s event was a huge success, with many more people embracing the outdoors due to the pandemic.

To ensure the festival can be delivered safely, there are a limited number of tickets available for each walk. Please note that booking is essential and anyone who has not booked an advance place may be turned away.

To book tickets for the festival visit: www.chesterfieldwalkingfestival.co.uk

There are also many other self-led walks available all year round in and around the borough. To find out more about these visit: www.visitchesterfield.info/walking

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Brand new hot tub showroom opening in Chesterfield

Chesterfield-based Superior Wellness is continuing to grow its presence in the town with the launch of a brand new hot tub showroom on Friday 4 March, located at its headquarters in Broombank Park, Chesterfield.

The brand new hot tub showroom is guaranteed to offer an immersive experience for customers, with up to 40 hot tubs and a swim spa on display. Six of hot tubs on display will be readily available to test before purchasing.

Superior Wellness, the world’s fastest growing hot tub manufacturer, moved into its new headquarters in March 2021. In April 2021 the renovation of the new 10,000 sq. ft showroom space began. The showroom is expected to be one of the largest hot tub showrooms in the UK.

The official reopening of the showroom to the public is taking place on Friday 4 March – Sunday 6 March.

Jamie Smith, Head of Retail said: “We are delighted to officially reopen our showroom doors to the public again from Friday 4 March. To celebrate the launch, we are going to be running an in-store only offer.

“All hot tubs will be discounted by £500 and accessories by 20% for one weekend only. We will also be offering customers a complimentary glass of fizz upon arrival as well as the chance to wet test a range of our hot tubs before purchasing. It’s going to be a great weekend and we can’t wait to welcome customers back.”

The brand new, purpose built showroom will feature a wide range of hot tubs, swim spas, a testing area and so much more. The Superior Wellness partner network and retail customers will be able to view a range of products from brands such as Platinum Spas, Thermals Spas, Be Well and much more. In total, the showroom will hold up to 40 hot tubs and 1 swim spa.

A testing area will be available, including a swim spa and a selection of hot tubs with varying layouts and sizes. This will offer an immersive experience for customers, showcasing the many benefits of a hot tub. There will be two changing rooms with shower facilities for customers to access before and after testing the products.

To offer further inspiration for customers and partners, the showroom will host a variety of hot tub and outdoor living accessories, from filters, chemicals, gazebos, outdoor furniture and so much more.

Superior Wellness supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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Entire FM confirmed as facilities management partner of The Glassyard

Chesterfield Champion, Entire Facilities Management will be working in partnership with The Glassyard to provide a full range of services at the site.

The company will carry out a number of tasks on the site in order to provide a great experience for visitors including the security, cleaning and asset management.

Within The Batch House element of the site, EntireFM will be delivering the services required to facilitate the day-to-day running which includes security, cleaning and wait-staffing.

Peter Currey, Chief Executive Officer at Entire FM said: “As a whole team we’re delighted to have been chosen to deliver the facilities management to the site. We have been aware of the development for a while and we knew we’d have to stand out from the crowd to get a foot in the door.

“I’ve personally been aware of Blue Deer Developments for a number of years and have followed their work so it’s great that we’ve come together to get this project over the line.

“The development is an amazing vision by Blue Deer Developments and they should be proud of this landmark development. I’m aware that the project hasn’t been a walk in the park and, coupled with a global pandemic in the middle of the build, it’s a great achievement by Tim and his team at Blue Deer.

“This development will be a great boost for the local economy and will provide hundreds of jobs going forward. I’ve heard many people suggest that this is ‘just what Chesterfield’ needed and I couldn’t agree more. The use of the land, the layout, the aesthetics are all spot on.

Entire Facilities management continues to grow, gaining a number of new partners locally and nationally. This has enabled the company to grow further and create more jobs across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

Peter continued: “We are seeing so many great and well known names approach us to work with them and support their workplace facilities management. The Glass Yard is on the doorstep of our head office, which always makes it a bit more special – it’s great to be a part of boosting our home town and we’d welcome partnerships with any other local organisations as well.

“Once The Glass Yard is in full swing, the EntireFM team across Derbyshire & South Yorkshire alone will be close to 100 strong.”

Entire Facilities Management supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.


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Rebel Menswear expands into new town centre store

An independent men’s’ clothing business which has traded in Chesterfield Town Centre for more than 20 years has expanded into a new store.

Rebel Menswear is a family-run business, known for being based on Burlington Street for the last two decades, but has now moved into a larger unit on the corner of High Street and Packer’s Row after outgrowing the previous premises.

The shop was previously occupied by Greggs, before the national chain’s expansion onto Burlington Street, allowing Rebel to showcase even more of it’s product range in-store.

Brands available to buy at Rebel include designers such as Pretty Green and Armani, and the store features a suiting and shirting department, as well as selling jeans and footwear.

The new shop will be spread over two floors, with the ground floor showcasing brand collections including Mastrum, Marshall Artist, EA7 and plenty more.

The first floor will house the suits, shirting and shoes department leading onto a men’s lounge area, which will have a relaxed feel for wedding parties and groups.

Store owner Raj Dhir commented: We have upcycled a lot of the material that has been used and the look of the store will be something completely different to anything there is in Chesterfield or nationally.

“Our aim is to create a shopping experience engaging in the senses, in a relaxed environment where our customers can pop in for chat or for a two-hour shopping experience. We believe in Chesterfield, and that’s why we are spending roughly £500,000 on the store.

“Chesterfield as a community and town centre has always supported us so it’s only right we invest back in the town centre and community. We believe the future of Chesterfield Town is bright and will only get brighter as more investment is made into the town centre.

Rebel’s new store is planning to officially open on Saturday, 5th march at 11am but in the meantime are open for wedding bookings.

Find out more about shopping in Chesterfield Town Centre here: https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/visiting/shopping/

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Girls Aloud star announced as headliner for Chesterfield Pride 2022

The organisers of the popular Chesterfield Pride event have announced the iconic Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud will be headlining the main stage at this year’s event.

The annual LGBTQ+ celebration takes place annually at Stand Road Park, attracting thousands of attendees each year.

Girls Aloud are one of the biggest pop groups of the last 20 years and secured 21 top 10 singles in the UK charts.

The Main Stage will see the festival’s biggest ever line up of artists including Denise Pearson (lead singer from Five Star), S Club 7’s Jo O’Meara, 80’s heartthrob Nathan Moore, the Queen of Clubland Kelly Llorenna and back by popular demand Dene Michael of Black Lace. The festival has confirmed it will be announcing even more artists very soon.

The Kranlee Logistics Cabaret Stage will once again host some amazing local artists and drag performances. This stage has been an amazing success since it was launched a few years ago.

The event has once again teamed up with Van Dyk by Wildes to bring people an even better VIP experience. The VIP passes give people the chance to enjoy private toilets, private bar area, priority entry and also front stage access.

Lead organiser, Dan Walker said: “We are proud to be a community event that is open to everyone. The event has grown every year and is now one of the biggest LGBTQ+ events in the Country.”

Chesterfield will play host to a number of great events throughout 2022. Keep up with everything coming up across the town on our event listings page here.

Find out more about Chesterfield Pride 2022 at: https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/events/chesterfield-pride/

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