Belper  Celebration

 “What`s on in Belper”

Belper  Celebration

 “What`s on in Belper”

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What`s on in Belper in May


Just a few of the things happening in and around Belper

MAY 2019

You'll Never Walk Alone

Derby Concert Band

Derby Concert Band would like to dedicate this, our first lockdown recording, to all the keyworkers of the country.

Click the link below  or the picture above  to play the you tube video

VE Day - Belper in Peacetime

8th May 2020

Online Event

Friday 8th May this year marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a day celebrating the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender to the Allies of World War Two.

Belper will hold a number of virtual events throughout the day which can be seen via our Facebook page.

Johnny Victory - 2pm Step back in time as Johnny sings songs from the 1940s.

Lily Taylor Ward - 3-4pm Raise a glass with Lily and then listen to a selection of 1940s songs.

Margaret Keys has shared her medley of Vera Lynn songs with us

Belper in Wartime will lauch a new section on their website featuring information on all the soldiers on the Belper Wa memorial who died during World War Two.

Lily's War

8th May 2020


Online Event

Belper Fringe presents Lily's War, written and read by Shirley Mann.

The story will be available on our Facebook page from 8.30pm

'LILY'S WAR' is based on Shirley's parents' wartime romance.


To add some perspective to today’s celebrations we would like to point you to the Belper in Wartime website.

They have launched a new section today with stories and information about all the men from Belper who appear on our war memorial and who died during WWII.

Read about Harry Allsopp of 25 Holbrook Road who was a POW in Stalag 344, James Beresford of Bargate Road who served on HMS Penelope which was torpedoed by a German submarine. Also, Samuel Clarke of Hunter Road who died working on the notorious Burma-Thai railway, and unfortunately many others.

These men gave up so much for us, let us honour and remember them.

Go to

Local hero FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE was born 200 years ago today. Last night Dr Richard Bates, of Nottingham University's Nightingale Comes Home research team, was booked to give a talk entitled 'Florence Nightingale, Derbyshire and the Home' at No28 as part of the Belper Fringe festival. Pending the re-scheduling of his event, Richard has offered us the following wealth of material to enjoy. If you click on this link you will find an exhibition, talks and articles published today by his team to celebrate Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary:


• An online exhibition, created by the Manuscripts and Special Collections team. It features some materials from our Lakeside Arts Centre exhibition, along with videos explaining some key items.

• A series of mini-lectures by the research team, based on the research for our upcoming book, Florence Nightingale at Home. The book is also now available to pre-order at Waterstones and Amazon.

• A range of new blog articles, talks and interview pieces. These include interviews with a leading Critical Care nurse and a nurse-artist who has painted Nightingale, plus historical pieces on nurses and doctors in the Crimean War, the early years of health visiting, and comparing Nightingale with her Derbyshire neighbour and industrialist John Smedley Jr. There’s also a video of a talk given by the nurse and writer Molly Case at one of our events last year.

Duo Piccolo e Grande: tonight's Fringe performance - click on the link

DUO PICCOLO E GRANDE Tonight's virtual Fringe event at No28 was to be the return of this popular duo.  Look out for the new date, as they will be re-scheduling as soon as live events become possible. In the meantime they have sent us a link to their favourite piece for mandolino and theorbo

Dans le Goût Italien

14th May 2020

Online Event

Music from Duo Piccolo e Grande will be shown via our Facebook page:

Featuring rare baroque works for hurdy gurdy and mandolino, all accompanied by the theorbo. '

Belper Fringe

15 May at 22:20 ·

The Staying Inn: Week 7

Live Lounge, laid-back recordings of an ecclectic array of local musicians...from their homes direct to yours.

Click on the link to play/skip through the 13 x video performances:

Meeting Recording:

Belper Fringe

15 May at 19:30 ·

The Iona Fyfe Trio were due to perform at this years Fringe. We hope to see them in Belper soon, meanwhile here is a recent video


   Belper Fringe  


A stop-frame animation project for all ages that encompasses the Belper Moo in some creative way!

Just go to: to register then access our tutorial videos.  

A beginners guide this week then more advanced tips next week to add to your saved work.  Can't wait to screen them all at our public party.  Go on...get creating!

Jake Two

16th May 2020


Online Event

A session of just Jake Thackray songs, with a bit of talking in between.

A LIVE broadcast by Mike Talbot

A Facebook Live event from 8.30pm

The FerrettsComing Up For Air.

This is the 1st " Coming Up For Air " show hosted this time by ourselves with poetry from Sophie Sparham, Matt McGuinness and yr lovable Ferretts.

Sunday  17th

Laurie Illingworth was due to perform at this years Fringe. We hope to see him in Belper soon, meanwhile here is a recent video

Grandad Lavender's Shed

18th May 2020


Online Event

Steve and Julie Wigley were due to perform at this year's Fringe supporting Phil Doleman, instead they have recorded Grandad Lavender's Shed, written by Julie Wigley.

It's What I Do

22nd May 2020

No 28

Traditional English folk songs and stories. Pete has contributed to this festival every year since it started. Last year it was a solo performance, the year before a double bill with storyteller Nicky Rafferty, and for two years before that he led the Build a Band workshops.

This year he's back to the roots of what he does and what has been the basis of his career for the past 40+ years. He'll cover the whole gamut from the serious to the humorous, the sad to the happy, the beautiful to the gory and more besides.

We will bring you music and stories from Pete

—  BUCKWORTH MAY SONG from Pete Castle's CD MEARCSTAPA (1999)

Pete Castle, folk singer, storyteller and author.

Editor of Facts & Fiction storytelling magazine. (for Pete and F&F)

and on Facebook

Sunday  24th

Today as part of Belper Fringe, would have seen the launch of Belper Artisans, a two day event taking place across town involving local Artists and Makers demonstrating and displaying their work.

Some of those who were taking part have provided clips and videos of them working that will be posted later, but first let's kick off with the Artists and Makers themselves.

For more information please go to

Brilliant demonstration video from Belper Artisan Sarah Knight showing how she makes a Libra pendant.

Father Brown

23rd -24th May 2020


Online Event

Belper (Virtual) Fringe presents Father Brown by GK Chesterton and read by Alexandra Smith.

The story will be available on our Facebook page from 8.30pm

Monday  25th

Make-it Monday

25th May 2020

Online Event

Saty connected with our on-line, artist led workshops at home.

We will upload a different workshop each week on our website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

Stay connected with our on-line, artist led workshops at home.

We will upload a different workshop each week on our website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

Fleet Arts: festival feeling

Fleet Arts is a community arts charity based in Belper, Derbyshire for thirty-five years.

We are committed to delivering quality and diverse creative workshops, projects and events with a wide variety of groups and organisations across the region, ensuring arts provision is engaging and inclusive.

An accessible venue with a great view, plenty of parking and just a five minute walk from the centre of town. We have a fully equipped music rehearsal room, artist studios and two spacious rooms for hire.

All workshops & events listed are at Fleet Arts unless otherwise stated.

Roy G Biff

25th May 2020


Online Event

Belper Fringe presents Roy G Biff, a bedtime story written and read by Lou Jenkins.

The story will be available on our Facebook page from 6.30pm

Here is a little taster of what to expect this Monday at 8pm LIVE on this page.

The amazing Phil Doleman will entertain us on his ukulele and banjo.

Phil Doleman

25th May 2020


LIVE Online Event

Tune in to this the Belper Fringe Facebook page at 8pm on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May, when the amazing Phil Doleman will entertain us LIVE with his vintage blues, hokum, jazz and jug band music on ukulele and banjo. Not to missed!

Tuesday  26th

Wednesday 27th

Thursday  28th

Friday 29th


29th May 2020


Online Event

Belper Fringe presents Dubliners by James Joyce, a bedtime story read by Sheila Sly.

The story will be available on our Facebook page from 8.30pm

Saturday 30th

Every Man Was Singing

30th May 2020

Online Event

Eastwood Collieries' Male Voice Choir is a hundred years old and is celebrating its centenary by performing special concerts throughout Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and beyond.

A new album has also been released. Called Every Man Was Singing, the album commemorates the centenary using items from the choir's current modern repertoire to demonstrate that male voice choir singing is vibrant and popular as ever.

We will present music from Eastwood Collieries' Male Voice Choir via our Facebook page.

The Language of lockdown, Lockdown Daze and A Viral Point of View

30th May 2020


Online Event

Belper (Virtual) Fringe presents The Language of lockdown, Lockdown Daze and A Viral Point of View, poems written and read by Carol Brewer


Sunday  31st

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Belper Fringe

Reminder..  Virtual Belper fringe launches this Friday.  If you were going to perform at this years Fringe please contact us. If you would like to take part.. Particularly story tellers.. Get in touch..

Meanwhile stay safe..

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