Community News - 21 April 2021

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Welcome to the latest issue of Community News. We've written this for local groups, clubs and parish and town councils, to keep them up-to-date with news from the council. Our aim is to send this newsletter out every fortnight.

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Latest news in this edition:

Shop in person or online with ShopAppy and support your local shops

Opening libraries, museum and records office

'Check in' for Test and Trace

Do you know any Covid-19 heroes?

Pick up free Covid tests to use at home

Poet laureate at Belper library – Monday 26 April

Covid-19:Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose facilities

Sign up today to get County Council election result alerts

Shop in person or online with ShopAppy and support your local shops


There are now more than 300 businesses throughout Derbyshire signed up to the ShopAppy scheme which supports smaller businesses in our towns and villages by giving them an online presence in addition to their face to face sales.


Pictured: Bolsover fruit and flowers is one of the businesses benefiting from ShopAppy membership.

You can buy from this range of businesses either online or in person now that businesses are re-opening. It all helps to support our high streets and villages.  Members of ShopAppy include food shops,  arts and crafts, jewellers, beauty salons, brewery companies, design and print, educational services, taxis and many more.

You may run a business or know of a business that would benefit from joining the scheme? They can sign up and get free membership through support from us and the district councils.

Follow this link to find out more about the benefits of ShopAppy for residents and for businesses:

Opening libraries, museum and records office

the interior of one of Derbyshire's libraries in Glossop with bookshelves and computers

If you've been missing some of the county council's cultural highlights we have good news for you.

Derbyshire libraries have re-opened. You can pop along for limited browsing and pre-booked computer sessions.

You don’t need an appointment to browse but each library has only so much space, so your visit time may be limited to 15 minutes, depending on where you go.

The standard three-week loan period will also be back, though if you currently have a book out on loan you don't have to return it until Tuesday 4 May.

We've put Covid-safe measures in place. For example, you can use self-service where it’s available and we will clean it between each use. You'll also be asked to place returns in a particular place so they can be quarantined for 72 hours before being returned to the shelves.

You can use our Book and Borrow service, the Home Library Service and digital library services as usual.

The request service, borrowing audiobooks, inter-library Loans and overdue items will be subject to the usual charges.

Buxton museum

You can visit Buxton Museum and Art Gallery from Tuesday 18 May.

You can see new exhibitions and measures will be in place to keep you and other visitors safe.

record office

Derbyshire Record Office opened its doors on 13 April, and is operating a limited service by appointment only. If you had an appointment that had to be cancelled due to the lockdown it will now be rebooked, and you can also make a new booking.

'Check in' for Test and Trace

Whether you’re getting a long-overdue trim or calling at your local for a pint, remember to check in for Test and Trace to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

QR code poster being put up in a gym

It’s now a legal requirement for everyone over the age of 16 to check in to venues such as pubs, hairdressers, cafes and gyms when they visit. Businesses will be displaying NHS Test and Trace QR codes so you can check in using the Covid-19 app.

This is so that you can be alerted if other people at the same venue, on the same day and at a similar time to you test positive for coronavirus.

Under the previous Test and Trace system, just one person from each group was required to check-in.

You can check in either by scanning the NHS QR code with the Covid-19 app or providing your name and contact details to venue staff.

If you run a hospitality venue you must take reasonable steps to refuse entry to anyone who refuses to leave their details or risk a fixed penalty fine of up to £1,000.


Do you know any Covid-19 heroes?

Beacon of Hope Awards logo

We're looking for nominations for the Derbyshire Beacon of Hope Awards. We've already had nominations but there's plenty of time for you to get your suggestions in.

Do you know any groups or individuals in Derbyshire who've gone above and beyond to keep us all safe, and our businesses moving during the Covid-19 crisis?

While the pandemic is still going on, we, Derby City Council, the High Sheriff and the Lord Lieutenant feel it's important now to recognise that lots of people across the county have committed themselves to response and relief efforts since the beginning of the outbreak.

The award seeks to highlight those in every sector and community of the county who have played a key role.

Nominations are open to the public and we want to hear your stories. 


Pick up free Covid tests to use at home

If you don't have symptoms you can now pick up free coronavirus testing kits from our community testing centres – for use by you and your family at home.

taking a covid test

The government has announced that everyone in England can have twice-weekly lateral flow tests to control the spread of Covid-19.

The thinking is that, alongside the vaccine rollout, regular testing will help with plans re-open society and the economy by helping to supress new variants of the virus and break the chain of transmission.

Rapid testing has so far been available to those most at risk as well as people who can't work from home and are mixing with colleagues or the public.

One in three people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms and could be passing it on without realising. With results in a round 30 minutes, rapid testing helps to detect positive cases quickly.

You'll be able to pick up two boxes of seven tests by popping to a community testing centre.

To find your local community testing site visit

And starting from this week, you can pick up kits from our mobile testing units between 9am and 3pm. They are available:

• Every Tuesday – Killamarsh Junior Athletics Club car park, 284 Sheffield Rd, Killamarsh. S21 1ED
• Every Wednesday – Amber Valley Area Office (bottom car park), Cemetery Lane, Ripley. DE5 3HY.
• Every Thursday – The Agricultural Business Centre (far end of car park), Agricultural Way, Bakewell. DE45 1AH
• Every Friday – The Arc (right hand side of car park), High St, Clowne, Chesterfield. S43 4JY
• Saturday/Sunday – Glossopdale School car park, Newshaw Lane, Hadfield, Glossop. SK13 2DA


Poet laureate at Belper library – Monday 26 April

portrait photo of Poet Laureate Simon Armitage

Don’t delay if you want to join the online audience to see the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage perform at Belper library on Monday 26 April. He is visiting the library as part of his national A to Z tour.

Watch from the comfort of your own home as Simon reads some of his poetry along with his guest Helen Mort who is the former Derbyshire Poet Laureate. They will also talk about the inspiration behind their work.


The online event is suitable for ages 11-plus and is from 4pm to 5pm on Monday 26 April.

Find out more and book your ticket. 

Helen Mort

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

MHCLG updated the guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening to reflect changes to national lockdown rules which came into effect on 12 April.

Sign up today to get County Council election result alerts

election results

Derbyshire goes to the polls on Thursday 6 May to elect its county council for the first time in four years.

Polling stations across the county will be open from 7am to 10pm as 254 candidates stand across 61 divisions, contesting all 64 Derbyshire County Council seats.

While voting is on 6 May, the counting will take place on Friday 7 May, with a count in each of the eight district and borough council areas.

If you want to follow the results as they come in on 7 May you can register now to receive email alerts.

Counting starts at 10am and results will start to be declared across the county after that, with a final declaration expected later in the afternoon.

To sign up go to and click on `sign up for election results’. You’ll also find other information on the dedicated election pages including a list of candidates and which parties they represent in each area.

You’ll also be able to follow results as they come in on the county council’s Twitter and Facebook channels.

District and borough councils run the county council election on its behalf, and local election officers have been working hard to put in place extra measures to ensure polling stations are safe, covid-secure places to visit and to work in on 6 May.

More information about covid-secure measures is also available on our website.